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Dressed for a Dance in the Snow: Women's Voices from the Gulag
Dressed for a Dance in the Snow: Women's Voices from the Gulag
Dressed for a Dance in the Snow: Women's Voices from the Gulag
Audiobook8 hours

Dressed for a Dance in the Snow: Women's Voices from the Gulag

Written by Monika Zgustova

Narrated by Jennifer Jill Araya

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About this audiobook

An unexpectedly uplifting account of women’s suffering and resilience in Stalin’s forced labor camps, diligently transcribed in the kitchens and living rooms of nine survivors.

The pain inflicted by the gulags has cast a long shadow over Soviet-era history. Zgustova’s collection of interviews with former female prisoners not only chronicles the hardships of the camps, but also serves as testament to the power of beauty in the face of adversity.

Where one would expect to find only hopelessness and despair, Zgustova has unearthed tales of love, art, and friendship that endured and even flourished in times of tragedy. These stories, collected in the vein of Svetlana Alexievich’s Nobel Prize–winning oral histories, turn one of the darkest periods of the Soviet era into a song of human perseverance, in a way that reads as an intimate family history.

Editor's Note

Radiates creative spirit…

During Stalin’s reign in Soviet Russia, at least 18 million people — from petty criminals to political prisoners — were sent to gulags in Siberia. Monika Zgustova collects the stories of nine women who spare no details of the horror and deprivation they endured in the infamous forced labor camps. Their testimonies radiate the power of the creative spirit as they speak of the strength they gained from sharing stories, poems, songs, and anything else that could bring a modicum of beauty into their unimaginably ugly situation.

LanguageEnglish
Release dateOct 13, 2020
ISBN9781094411729
Dressed for a Dance in the Snow: Women's Voices from the Gulag
Author

Monika Zgustova

Monika Zgustova is an award-winning author whose works have been published in ten languages. She was born in Prague and studied comparative literature in the United States (University of Illinois and University of Chicago). She then moved to Barcelona, where she writes for El País, The Nation, and CounterPunch, among others. As a translator of Czech and Russian literature into Spanish and Catalan—including the writing of Havel, Kundera, Hrabal, Hašek, Dostoyevsky, Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, and Babel—Zgustova is credited with bringing major twentieth-century writers to Spain.

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