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True Stories

Lev Razgon, translated by John Crowfoot

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ISBN 13: 9781468301502
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8

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This gripping memoir portrays the Stalinist terror of 1937 through the eyes of journalist Lev Razgon, who endured two incarcerations in the Gulag and wrote this account upon his release seventeen years later.

His anecdotes reveal a previously unseen side of the imprisoned Soviet elite, their daily lives in the labor camps, and the true characters of their jailers. Razgon so vividly shares these horrific memories due to a "terrible sense that I had survived when so many others had died . . . Ultimately I knew I had just one obligation—the obligation of the living to the dead."

Praise for True Stories:

"Razgon's extraordinary memoir was one of the most exhilarating moments in the return of history to Russia. His life, in its tragedy and endurance, reflects an entire epoch." —David Remnick

"A brilliant memoir, by turns harrowing, inspiring, sardonic, and devastating." —Kirkus Reviews

Lev Razgon (1908-1999) was a Communist who got caught up in the purges of the late 1930s. He was released in the 1950s, and his memoirs were first published in Russia in 1988.

John Crowfoot was closely involved with the Russian Booker Prize for ten years, and he has edited and translated several books about Soviet history and contemporary Russia.

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