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Into the Whirlwind
When a university colleague is arrested for alleged Trotskyist activities, the 30 year-old Eugenia is charged with not having denounced him. She is expelled from the Party in 1937, interrogated and sent to Kolyma, the vast complex of labour camps in the Russian Far East. In the most beautiful prose she records her shock at being arrested, the unrem-
‘The Five Year Plan in Four Years’:1930 Russian textile, designer unknown.
itting cruelty of the ‘authorities’ and the agony of being in custody, forced labour and exile. Her translators, Paul Stevenson and Manya Harari were also responsible for Dr Zhivago. Into the Whirlwind should be placed on the shelf next to classics such as Akhmatova’s Requiem and Nadezhda Mandelstam’s Hope against Hope, other works which played an important part in the building criticism of the Soviet system: the quality of their writing places all three among the major authors of twentieth- century literature. In 1967, when this book was published, the Economist wrote:‘Here we have an intelligent eye- witness’s account of the most terrible period of Soviet history. Eugenia Ginz- burg ‘s warmhearted interest in other people, her discerning eye, and the beauty of the language make this book a monument to the memory of the thousands of victims who perished in those decades when the gods of revol- ution were athirst.’ And The Times called this a ‘moving and very great record.’
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