The Big Green Tent covers a lot of ground

Books about Russian history aren't everyone's cup of tea but after reading Tolstoy's Anna Karenina a few years ago, I've been fascinated with stories of everyday life in Russia at various times in history. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago is still on my bookshelf and one of these days I'm going to get beyond the first few dozen pages. In the meantime, The Big Green Tent by Ludmila Ulitskaya has been on The New York Times' bestseller list for several weeks and covers the period in history from the death of…

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Understanding Stalin’s Daughter

stalin3Wow! What a book. Stalin’s Daughter by Rosemary Sullivan combines three things I love to read about—women’s lives, history and Russia. The book was heavy in detail as it follows the life of Svetlana Stalin over eighty-five years. True to the prediction of a palm-reader, her life was divided into three parts: her early years under her Father’s rule; her years as a young woman and mother, and her final years as a nomad following her defection to the United States in 1967.

Svetlana had some idea of her father’s power while she was growing up but (more…)

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