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Night of Stone by Catherine Merridale
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Sep 17, 2007

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bookshelves: currently-reading, history, religion, anthropology, psychology
Recommended for: History lovers, Russian History/Cultural
Read in March, 2003

I bought this book for my "20th Century History" class Spring of 2003. I skimmed enough to do my assignments and participate in class discussions. It was interesting from what I read. I fully intend to finish the book, but as it is focusing on the historical viewpoint of the way Russians deal with death. It covers how the Orthodox religion and Soviet atheism affects mourning. It also looks at how Russians understand death and afterlife prior to the Bolshevik Revolution, during both world wars and the 1930s famine up to present day. This book is an accumulation of notes from personal interviews with families, doctors, priests etc etc; Imperial and Soviet archive materials; letters; memoirs. I will write more of my opinion once I've actually finished the book.

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