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The whisperers : private life in Stalin's Russia

Author: Orlando Figes
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Picador edView all editions and formats
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"Provides a portrait of everyday Russian life during the repression of the Stalin years, analyzing the regime's effect on people's personal lives as they struggled to survive in the middle of the fear, mistrust, betrayal, and compromise of the world in which they lived."--
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Orlando Figes
ISBN: 0312428030 9780312428037
OCLC Number: 319603600
Notes: "A Metropolitan book."
Description: xxxviii, 739 pages : illustrations, maps, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
Contents: Children of 1917 (1917-28) --
The great break (1928-32) --
The pursuit of happiness (1932-6) --
The great fear (1937-8) --
Remnants of terror (1938-41) --
"Wait for me" (1941-5) --
Ordinary Stalinists (1945-53) --
Return (1953-6) --
Memory (1956-2006).
Responsibility: Orlando Figes.

Abstract:

"Provides a portrait of everyday Russian life during the repression of the Stalin years, analyzing the regime's effect on people's personal lives as they struggled to survive in the middle of the fear, mistrust, betrayal, and compromise of the world in which they lived."--

"This book reveals the inner world of ordinary Soviet citizens amidst the mistrust, fear, compromises, and betrayals that pervaded their existence. [In the book, the author] re-creates the moral maze in which Russians found themselves, where one wrong turn could destroy a family. He brings us inside cramped communal apartments, where minor squabbles could lead to fatal denunciations; he examines the Communist faithful, who often rationalized even their own arrests; and he casts a humanizing light on informers, demonstrating how, in a repressive system, anyone could easily become a collaborator.-

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