Anna Larina, widow of the leading Bolshevik, Nikolai Bukharin, presents the inside story of Stalin's purges. This is first-hand knowledge, told from within the revolutionary elite that created the Soviet Union, ruled it until the 1930s, and was then swept away by Stalin's 20-year mass terror.
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"Surprisingly lyrical and free of bitterness, her tale belongs to the unfortunately rich and long tradition of Russian prison literature... [The memoirs] provide a rare look into the innermost circle of the Bolshevik Revolution's doomed founding fathers." -- Harlan Robinson "This memoir is sure to endure. Written with the passion of an acolyte and the attention of a witness, it adds a unique angle of vision to what we know of the cruelty and absurdity of the Stalin era... An astonishing account that loses very little for [Anna Larina's] being blindly in love with its hero." "Stephen Cohen's introduction is a model of its kind, giving not only the political and human background, but also describing his own relations with Larina and the Bukharin family." -- Robert Conquest "Starred Review. Measured, vivid, and strikingly free of malice; her tone throughout is one of absolute self-reliance. Exceptionally moving and strong."About the Author:
Stephen F. Cohen is director of Russian studies at Princeton University and a regular commentator on network television.
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Book Description Hutchinson, London, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Plates (illustrator). 1st Edition in English. 8vo. New. Jacket has been price clipped. Bookseller Inventory # 018678
Book Description Hutchinson, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0091781418