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Stalin's children : three generations of love, war and survival

Author: Owen Matthews
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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One day in 1937, a car pulled up to a house in Ukraine. Boris Bibikov--Owen Matthews's grandfather--kissed his wife and daughters good-bye and disappeared inside. His family never saw him again. His wife soon vanished as well, leaving daughters Lyudmila and Lenina alone in the vast Russian landscape during World War II. Separated as the Germans advanced in 1941, they were miraculously reunited at war's end. In the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Owen Matthews; Mervyn Matthews; Mila Bibikova; Bibikov family.; Matthews family.; Bibikov family.; Mila Bibikova; Matthews family.; Mervyn Matthews; Owen Matthews
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Owen Matthews
ISBN: 9780802717146 0802717144 9780802717603 0802717608
OCLC Number: 248500314
Description: 308 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: The last day --
'Not men, but, giants!' --
Death of a party man --
Arrest --
Prison --
War --
Mila --
Mervyn --
Drinks with the KGB --
Love --
Mila and Mervusya --
On different planets --
Escape --
Crisis.
Responsibility: Owen Matthews.

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One day in 1937, a car pulled up to a house in Ukraine. Boris Bibikov--Owen Matthews's grandfather--kissed his wife and daughters good-bye and disappeared inside. His family never saw him again. His wife soon vanished as well, leaving daughters Lyudmila and Lenina alone in the vast Russian landscape during World War II. Separated as the Germans advanced in 1941, they were miraculously reunited at war's end. In the early 1960s, Mervyn Matthews--Owen's father--followed a lifelong passion for Russia and moved to Moscow to work for the British embassy. He fell in and out with the KGB, and despite having fallen in love with Lyudmila, he was deported. For six years, Mervyn worked to get Lyudmila out of Russia, and they finally married. Decades later, Owen Matthews, a young journalist himself in Russia, came upon his grandfather's KGB file recording his death. Here he has pieced together the tangled and dramatic threads of his family's past and present.--From publisher description.

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