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Till My Tale Is Told: Women's Memoirs of the Gulag
     

Till My Tale Is Told: Women's Memoirs of the Gulag

by Semen Samuilovich Vilenskii (Editor), Zakilara Veselakila, Marjorie Farquharson (Translator), Cathy Porter (Translator), Sally Laird (Translator)
 
" . . . a fascinating, brave and in many ways heartening book . . . " —Times Literary Supplement
" . . . some of the best of the enormous, mostly untranslated Gulag memoir literature." —Anne Applebaum, Literary Review (London)
" . . . probably the most gripping and detailed addtion to the famous fundamental work by Solzhenitsyn. This book should be

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" . . . a fascinating, brave and in many ways heartening book . . . " —Times Literary Supplement
" . . . some of the best of the enormous, mostly untranslated Gulag memoir literature." —Anne Applebaum, Literary Review (London)
" . . . probably the most gripping and detailed addtion to the famous fundamental work by Solzhenitsyn. This book should be read by everybody . . . " —The Spectator
"How extraordinary it is that compassion and tenderness may flourish in the cruellest conditions; how stubbornly and bravely people survive them. This is not a depressing book but an inspiriting and encouraging one." —Doris Lessing
Arrest, interrogation, imprisonment, "trial" and sentencing, transport, labor camps, internal exile, sometimes release, often followed by re-arrest and re-imprisonment—and, for those who outlived Stalin, eventual reprieve and rehabilitation—these are the outlines of the experiences recorded by 16 courageous Russian women whose moving testimonies, most of them written in secret and at great personal risk, are presented here.

Author Biography: Simeon Vilensky, a former political prisoner, a writer, and a poet, is founder of Vozvrashchenie, an organization in Moscow dedicated to preserving and publishing testimonies of Stalin's victims and aiding camp survivors.

Editorial Reviews

Bennett
Till My Tale is Told is a fascinating, brave and in many ways heartening book. By letting its memoirists speak for themselves, it reveals what a sweeping overview misses: the courage, endurance and intelligent sceptisism fostered by suffering.
Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253334640
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Series:
Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian and East European Studies
Edition description:
English Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.47(w) x 9.53(h) x 1.22(d)

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Doris Lessing
How extraordinary it is that compossion and tenderness may flourish in the cruellest conditions; how stubbornly and bravely people survive them.
Adam Hochschild
For anyone trying to comprehend the Soviet tragedy, the testimonies in this book are essential...To the statistics on the millions jailed, shot, or starved, these eloquent voices add a human face.

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