My Father's Letters - Correspondence from the Soviet Gulag

Author(s): Georgia Thomson (Translator); EMORIAL


A profoundly moving and powerful historical record - the letters sent by fathers imprisoned in the Gulag camps to their children.

'They will live as human beings and die as human beings; and in this alone lies man's eternal and bitter victory over all the
grandiose and inhuman forces that ever have been or will be.' - Vasily Grossman, Life and Fate
Between the 1930s and 1950s, millions of people were sent to the Gulag in the Soviet Union. My Father's Letters tells the
stories of 16 men - mostly members of the intelligentsia, and loyal Soviet subjects - who were imprisoned in the Gulag
camps, through the letters they sent back to their wives and children. Here are letters illustrated by fathers keen to
educate their children in science and natural history; the tragic missives of a former military man convinced that the
terrible mistake of his arrest will be rectified; the 'letter' stitched on a bedsheet with a fishbone and smuggled out of a
maximum security camp. My Father's Letters is an immediate source of life in prison during Stalin's Great Terror. Almost
none of the men writing these letters survived.


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General Fields

  • : 9781783785285
  • : Granta Books
  • : Granta Books
  • : November 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Georgia Thomson (Translator); EMORIAL
  • : Hardback
  • : 288