Bitter Waters: Life And Work In Stalin's Russia by Gennady M. Andreev-Khomiakov, Ann Healy

By Gennady M. Andreev-Khomiakov, Ann Healy

One dusty summer season day in 1935, a tender author named Gennady Andreev-Khomiakov used to be published from the Siberian exertions camp the place he had spent the final 8 years of his lifestyles. His overall resources amounted to twenty-five rubles, a loaf of bread, 5 dried herrings, and the papers picking out him as a convicted “enemy of the people.” From this hard-pressed starting, Andreev-Khomiakov may ultimately paintings his manner right into a sequence of jobs that may enable him to shuttle and spot extra of standard lifestyles and paintings within the Soviet Union of the Nineteen Thirties than such a lot of his fellow Soviet voters could ever have dreamed attainable. Capitalizing in this infrequent chance, sour Waters is Andreev-Khomiakov’s eyewitness account of these tumultuous years, a time whilst significant forces have been shaping the process Russian history.Later to turn into a winning author and editor within the Russian émigré neighborhood within the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties, Andreev-Khomiakov brilliantly makes use of this memoir to discover many features of Stalinist society. compelled collectivization, 5 yr Plans, purges, and the questionable achievements of “shock employee brigades” are just a part of this tale. Andreev-Khomiakov exposes the Soviet economic climate as little greater than an internet of corruption, a approach that principally functioned via bribery, barter, and brute force—and that fell into transitority chaos whilst the German military without warning invaded in 1941.Bitter Waters will be most useful for what it unearths approximately Russian society through the tumultuous Nineteen Thirties. From distant provincial facilities and rural parts, to the simplest and worst of Moscow and Leningrad, Andreev-Khomiakov’s sequence of deftly drawn sketches of individuals, locations, and occasions supply a different window at the demanding day-by-day lives of the folk who equipped Stalin’s Soviet Union.

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Miraculously we stayed on the road. We were still laughing when he pulled into a driveway and let the engine die. “Girl, you’re going to be all right. You haven’t forgotten the essentials. You know about defending yourself. ” When we got out of the car Julian hugged me and we walked together toward The National Theatre of Ghana, a round, white building set in an embrace of green-black trees. Efua Sutherland could have posed for the original bust of Nefertiti. She was long, lean, Black and lovely, and spoke so softly I had to lean forward to catch her words.

Our arrival had little impact on anyone but us. We ogled the Ghanaians and few of them even noticed. The newcomers hid disappointment in quick repartee, in jokes and clenched jaws. The citizens were engaged in their own concerns. They were busy adoring their flag, their five-year-old independence from Britain and their president. ” Orators, sounding more like Baptist southern preachers than they knew, spoke of Ghana, the jewel of Africa leading the entire continent from colonialism to full independence by the grace of Nkrumah and God, in that order.

I had a job, a car, some money and amusing friends. All meals were served in the ground floor dining room under the watchful eyes of Directress Vivian Baeta, the daughter of a Ghanaian clergyman. Miss Baeta was young and pleasant, but a little too correct for our tastes. She frowned upon loud voices and noisy laughter and most diners, often white collar workers from nearby office buildings who filled the restaurant each mealtime, acceded to her wishes. The Black American residents, however, having no living room save Julian’s side porch, used the dining room as a place to gather, to talk, to argue and maybe to flirt with male friends before returning to the celibate cells on the second floor.

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