Sofia Petrovna (European Classics) Paperback – 1 Jun 1994
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From the Back Cover
Sofia Petrovna is Lydia Chukovskaya's fictional account of the Great Purge. Her eponymous heroine is a Soviet Everywoman, a doctor's widow who works as a typist in a Leningrad publishing house.
About the Author
Chukovskaya, the daughter of the eminent critic and children's writer Kornei Chukovsky, was a passionate defender of Russian letters and human rights.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
What is particularly moving about this book is the voice Chukovskaya uses to tell her story. It is the most feminine of voices, that of a mother, whose compassion and faith in her son, while conflicting with her identity as a good Soviet citizen, are emotions with which any female reader can relate, or any parent.
This short novel is often grouped with A. Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch. The relation between the two books is compelling. One presents the story of those who were senselessly condemned to the gulags; the other recounts the impact of this condemnation on the families and friends left behind.
Although this book is not widely read by the American public, I think it one of the most moving stories of Soviet life in the Stalinist era. For this reason, I believe it will continue to be a classic of Soviet literature for many years to come
As already mentioned in other reviews, it was very dangerous for Lydia Chukovskaya to have written this book, and is an excellent example of subversive writing at the time. It clearly captures the feelings at the time, as well as the reactions of the people.
The sad descent of Sofia Petrovna and her son into despair and madness is well-written in this great novel, which, while very simply and plainly written, is extremely expressive and emotional, while never being a cliche.