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Journey into the Whirlwind by Evgenia Ginzburg
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This is the story of a teacher at a University who was sentenced to 10 years hard labor during Stalin's rule for the"crime" of being on the same faculty of a professor denounced for Anti-Party rhetoric. She actually ended up with a 17-year sentence. Her worst years are documented here.
My favorite part was on p.115: "Once, at the end of a stifling hot day, ...we heard a passable baritone singing the Toreador's Aria from 'Carmen' in the following unusual version:
"How many are you, pris'ners up there?
How many there? Please to declare!
Te-e-ell us who and what you are,
Tell us, tell us, we implore!
Our hearts are all aglow.
Your names, yes, yes, your names we want
to know.
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Reading Progress

August 29, 2013 – Shelved
August 29, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
November 12, 2017 – Started Reading
November 14, 2017 – Finished Reading

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