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So unbelievable to read about the thousands upon thousands of intelligent, loyal citizens were torn from loved ones, tortured and killed. Only the author's extreme stoicism , her love of fellow inmates and her love of poetry kept her alive. If there is a Hell, Stalin gets first billing. Then Hitler. And to think, nobody believed what they heard about the Gulags or the concentration camps. Maybe Hell is a mine inside the Artic Circle , or perhaps a camp guarded by some ghost SS men, aided by dogs of the animal and human variety.
I felt such an injustice in my heart that this woman had to be dealt such a fate. The horror is of course that millions of innocent people endured similar experiences as the ones Ginzburg describe. Beyond the human qualities in Ginzburg's writing a sense to explore the time of the Gulag is awakened. Ginzburg did indeed write a second part to her autobiography ("In the Whirlwind") that I am looking forward to read within the next few weeks. Of course, Solzhenitsyn's "The First Circle" and "The Gulag Archipelago" beckon in conjunction with Applebaum's study 'Gulag'. The book was not translated into English until 1975, and is currently out of print in the UK. I am surprised that such a work has not received greater attention. Ginzburg's memoirs certainly makes one appreciate living in peace although it also makes one realize that such 'peace' cannot be taken for granted. Her voice and character lingers in my mind. Highly recommended!