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Sofia Petrovna by Lydia Chukovskaya
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Dec 24, 2010

it was amazing

This book shows the awful realities of Stalin's Great Purge. There are essentially two perspectives you can take in portraying the struggles of the people that were a part of this purge. One aspect is from the people that were exiled and the other is from the wives and mothers that watched their innocent husbands and sons be exiled. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch shows the former while Sofia Petrovna shows the latter. Both are vital in truly understanding the Great Purge and what happens to a person's soul during such a time of fear and confusion. Furthermore, both of these novels are unique that they are some of the only ones that were actually written during that time period. many other novels came long after, but Sofia Petrovna was written, and, miraculously preserved, during and through the great purges.
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