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A highly personal account of institutionalised inhumanity,
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This review is from: The Long Bridge: Out of the Gulags (Kindle Edition)
This is a captivating book. The author was a Pole, who found herself deported to Russia at the outbreak of war, and spent the next 16 years in the Soviet gulag system.
At first, I found the style a little off-putting, but when I got used to it, I found it to be one of the chief attractions of the book. The author writes in a very straightforward, almost naive, style. Yet the stories she is telling are far from straightforward. The abuse, the neglect, the terror that she suffered is all recounted as if she was writing about suburban life in a small town somewhere, and you soon realise that she survived partly because this was how she learnt to look at her life, however hard it was at the time. Every hope, every small victory, every positive human contact helped her to survive.
Although she survived, her husband, and many, many others that she met along the way did not. The stories of how they suffered and died should never be forgotten, and this book is a strong personal account which adds to the history of the Soviet system. Let us hope that the Russians themselves don't forget it either.