In the Beginning

In the Beginning In her renowned memoir Grey is the Colour of Hope the dissident poet Irina Ratushinskaya described her four years in a Soviet labour camp Here she looks back on the path which led to that ordeal in

  • Title: In the Beginning
  • Author: Irina Ratushinskaya Ирина Ратушинская
  • ISBN: 9780340550830
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Paperback
  • In her renowned memoir, Grey is the Colour of Hope, the dissident poet Irina Ratushinskaya described her four years in a Soviet labour camp.Here she looks back on the path which led to that ordeal, interweaving her account of growing up in Odessa with that of her childhood friend and eventual husband, Igor.With wit and simplicity she provides a striking insight into the evIn her renowned memoir, Grey is the Colour of Hope, the dissident poet Irina Ratushinskaya described her four years in a Soviet labour camp.Here she looks back on the path which led to that ordeal, interweaving her account of growing up in Odessa with that of her childhood friend and eventual husband, Igor.With wit and simplicity she provides a striking insight into the everyday hardships of like in a totalitarian state, recalling the experiences which moulded her personality and enabled her under extreme duress to remain true to her faith and convictions.

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    1. Ratushinskaya is an easy person to like. However, her memoir is disappointing for a lot of reasons. First, I'm not sure her experiences, although they were frightening and a little surreal, warrant such a long and detailed memoir. Her work camp experience as a political prisoner for a few years in Russia (for writing poetry) just isn't that remarkable -- far more people have endured worse and wrote about it more movingly. And the detailed history of her childhood and teen years should have been [...]

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