Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag

Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag

Orlando Figes


"A booklet to astonish readers: by no means sooner than has Stalin's Gulag been the environment for a love affair. This robust narrative via a unusual historian will take its position not only in historical past yet in literature.""--"Robert ok. Massie, writer of "Catherine the Great"
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""Author of "Natasha's Dance" and "The Crimean War"
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""In 1946, after 5 years as a prisoner--first as a Soviet Union POW in Nazi focus camps, then as a deportee (falsely accused of treason) in Russia's Arctic Gulag--twenty-nine-year-old Lev Mishchenko abruptly obtained a letter from Sveta, the lover he had infrequently dared wish used to be nonetheless alive. Amazingly, over the subsequent 8 years the enthusiasts controlled to interchange greater than 1,500 messages, or even to smuggle Sveta herself into the camp for mystery conferences. Their lately stumbled on correspondence is the single identified real-time list of lifestyles in Stalin's Gulag, unmediated and uncensored.

Orlando Figes attracts on Lev and Sveta's letters in addition to KGB records and up to date interviews to brilliantly reconstruct the wider international within which their tale opened up. With the robust narrative force of a singular, "Just ship Me note" finds a fondness and patience that triumphed over the tragic forces of history.

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