Diary of a Soviet Union Girl (Glas New Russian Writing)

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Recently unearthed in the archives of the NKVD, Nina Lugovskaya's diary provides a rare window into the daily routines of an educated Moscow family during the 1930s when fear of arrest was a fact of life. Nina's father, a leader of the Left-wing Socialist Revolutionaries, had embraced Lenin's New Economic Policy and prospered under it as the joint owner of several bakeries. But NEP and its "Nepmen" were short-lived. Nina's diary begins in 1932, after her father's return from three years exile in Siberia. Her family is still living in their large apartment, her older sisters are still singing and drawing, but money is scarce while knocks at the door are cause for alarm. Like Anne Frank, 13-year-old Nina Lugovskaya is conscious of the extraordinary dangers all around her yet preoccupied by ordinary adolescent concerns: boys and parties and who she wants to be when she grows up (she wants to be a writer). Traumatized by her father's first arrest, she hates Stalin and abhors his...

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Recently unearthed in the archives of the NKVD, Nina Lugovskaya's diary provides a rare window into the daily routines of an educated Moscow family during the 1930s when fear of arrest was a fact of life.

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Nina Lugovskaya spent five years in a Kolyma prison camp and seven more years in exile. These experiences silenced her forever and she became a painter instead of a writer. She died in 1993.

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