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Journey into the Whirlwind by Evgenia Ginzburg
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Dec 29, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: 2010, book-group

I in no way want to discount Evgenia's horrific experiences in the prisons and camps of the Soviet Union from 1937-the 1950s. However, the book is a bit of a slog at times through endless and forgettable names of politicians, poets, and writers. I ended up skimming large portions of the book. Then, suddenly, the story ends with Evgenia riding in the back of a tractor, still in the middle of her "rehabilitation" in Siberia.

In some ways the story Evgenia tells is a peek into a world we can hardly imagine and barely believe was survivable. But the book suffers from some of the unnecessary detail that is included, and the lack of other detail that is needed to form a complete story.

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