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Apr 10, 2013 Kerry rated it really liked it
Leave Your Tears in Moscow is a simple book on first impression. Barbara Armonas' narrative is almost stoic, but deep pain and a sense of tragedy are felt behind the stoicism. Many stories from those who survived the trying circumstances of WWII and the oppressive regimes that formed in its aftermath have a "just the facts" type of tone (The Pianist is one that comes to mind)--the narrator lets the horror of the events speak for themselves; emotional embellishment isn't necessary. It isn't until ...more
An important document, Armonas's memoir of her eight years of deportation and time within the Soviet gulag (in Siberia) is one of the few accounts of what happened to Lithuanian citizens who were uprooted by Stalin's brutal machinery. Written many years ago, the book could do with some light footnoting to clarify some of the apparatus of the Soviet state for present-day readers. One wonders how anyone could've survived the hardship. It would be interesting to know how Armonas, who was married to ...more