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Published: November 2020
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BIC Subject: European history
Published By: Granta
 
Published: 03-Nov-2020
Format: Hardback, 288 pages, 156x234mm
ISBN: 9781783785285
Stock Code: 3785285
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A profoundly moving and powerful historical record - the letters sent by fathers imprisoned in the Gulag camps to their children.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.