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CHARACTERS Just Send Me WordA True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ [Read] ➮ Just Send Me WordA True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag ➶ Orlando Figes – Gym-apparel.co.uk A heroic love story and an unprecedented insidReal time record of life in Stalin's Gulag unmediated and uncensored Orlando Figes the great storyteller Send Me WordA True Story PDF of modern Russian historians Financial Times draws on Lev and Sveta's letters as well as KGB archives and recent interviews to brilliantly reconstruct the broader world in which their story unfolded With the powerful narrative drive of a novel Just Send Me Word reveals a passion and endurance that triumphed over the tragic forces of history. A remarkable true story all right but I found the telling of it strangely uninvolving

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A heroic Me WordA Kindle #213 love story and an unprecedented inside view of one of Stalin's most notorious labor camps based on a remarkable cache of letters smuggled in and out of the GulagI went to get the letters for our friends and couldn't help but feel a little envious I didn't expect anything for myself And Just Send PDF or suddenly―there was my name and as if it was alive your handwritingIn after five years as a prisoner―first as a Soviet POW in Nazi concentr. This book will appeal to those interested in learning about life in the gulags It is non fiction and is based on 1246 letters delivered to the Moscow Memorial Society in 2007 The letters were sent from July 1946 to July 1954 between Lev Mishchenko and Svetlana Ivanova Lev had been imprisoned in the Pechora labor camp for eight years and four months classified as a political prisoner Lev and Svetlana both born in 1917 had met in 1935 at Moscow University Both studied physics They fell in love When Germany attacked Russia in 1941 Lev went off to war During the war Lev was incarcerated at a POW camp and was forced to do translation for the Germans the result being that after the war he was sent to the arctic gulag named aboveThe letters were uncensored smuggled in and out via free workers at the Pechora labor camp 647 were written by Lev and sent to Svetlana 599 from her to him The letters are a remarkable find We are made privy to them via this book Not only did Svetlana and Lev exchange letters Svetlana visited Lev at the camp There are additional notebooks diaries and photosLife in the camp life in Moscow after the war and the psychological effects of living under Stalin’s totalitarian reign are revealed with startling impact Of course physical deprivations suffered are revealed too but it is primarily the psychological impact that hit home for me Observing how Lev and Svetlana were shaped by their experiences will leave the reader thinkingThere is little in this book about either Lev’s or Svetlana’s weak points These are mentioned but not freuently It is most often they themselves who find fault with their own behavior Rarely do they allow themselves to express anger which is surprising How does a relationship sustained primarily through letters survive I wish the book had spoken of their relationship as a married couple living together after Lev's release from the camp Lev was freed July 17 1954 They were married in 1955 and came to have two children He died in 2008 and she in 2010 Coded words used in the letters are explained and it is never hard to distinguish between who is who This can be difficult with Russian names but it isn’t here The book is well constructed A concise epilog ties up what happens to Lev Svetlana and their family as well as other prisoners at the labor camp The author’s thoughts about the couple’s love for each other their behavior and relationship are summarized uickly and intelligently James Langton narrates the audiobook He uses different intonations for Lev's and Svetlana’s letters The rhythm of the narration is a bit strange but you get used to this The speed is uneven; too fast at times I have given the narration three stars It’s goodThe Whisperers Private Life in Stalin's Russia 4 stars

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Just Send Me WordA True Story of Love and Survival in the GulagAtion camps then as a deportee falsely accused of treason in the Arctic Gulag―twenty nine year old Lev Mishchenko Send Me WordA True Story PDF unexpectedly received a letter from Sveta the sweetheart he had hardly Send Me WordA ePUB #9734 dared hope was still alive Amazingly over the next eight years the lovers managed to exchange than messages and even to smuggle Sveta herself into the camp for secret meetings Their recently discovered correspondence is the only known. The gulag has developed an almost mythical status over the years It's generally accepted to be a byword for the worst kind of prison But what was life actually like inside it Here we have a peculiar opportunity to find out Turns out if you've ever watched MASH you already have a better idea than you'd thinkAt least as presented by Figes it's really a matter of complaints This isn't to say there weren't worse elements but if you kept your nose relatively clean you could survive relatively well Not exactly what I was expecting to learn The Soviet Union seems to have developed the gulag mostly as an incredibly cheap form of labor Almost the worst that could be said about how it was actually run was with utter incompetence Otherwise it seems to have fit right in with the ridiculous level of micromanagement that you don't need to have been in Soviet Russia to understand In fact micromanagement has become uite widespread in the United States if not at the government levelthank god then certainly the corporate You'd think we might have a few indications to suspect this might not be the best strategyAnyway no real complaints about Just Send Me Word except that Figes kind ofmicromanages it This is supposed to be a summary of an incredible series of letters sent between long distance lovers Lev and Sveta but instead it's Figes' summary of a summary More often than not you're reading Figes' summaries of what was happening so that when he excerpts a letter you can see his hand guiding the conversation You see only what he wants you to see and it makes for a bloodless exercise For much of it the book treads water between Sveta's visits to Lev in the gulag and these visits are themselves glossed over which begs the uestionwhy put so much emphasis on them The fact that they happen at all is remarkable surely but with so many lettersThe narrative could go in so many directions and yet Figes always chooses purely functional developments There's very little sense of what it was actually like to exist in this state not so much because there aren't complaints but because there are only complaints And yet they survive Why You have to guessThe personalities of Lev and Sveta emerge and how they relate to others and yet their continued devotion to a system that handicapped their lives can seem baffling It's the very machine that gave them purpose that forced them into corners again and again and they never really uestion that It becomes a lesson of explaining how these letters survived at all really in a kind of mechanical existence livened only by their devotion to each other and I guess that is the point but not a terribly romantic one Which means if you're reading this book for a great romantic adventure you're probably looking in the wrong placeBut as a window into an era and a peoples' psyche it's an interesting one and pierces far beyond its subject It's a glimpse into basic human nature really and at that a remarkably unguarded one even with Figes' bumbling