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My Life in Stalinist Russia: An American Woman Looks Back

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"The thoughtful memoirs of a disillusioned daughter of the Russian Revolution.... A sometimes astonishing, worm's-eye view of life under totalitarianism, and a valuable contribution to Soviet and Jewish studies." --Kirkus Reviews

"In this engrossing memoir, Leder recounts the 34 years she lived in the U.S.S.R.... [She] has a marvelous memory for the details of everyday life.... This plainly written account will particularly appeal to readers with a general interest in women's memoirs, Russian culture and history, and leftist politics." --Publishers Weekly

In 1931, Mary M. Leder, an American teenager, was attending high school in Santa Monica, California. By year's end, she was living in a Moscow commune and working in a factory, thousands of miles from her family, with whom she had emigrated to Birobidzhan, the area designated by the USSR as a Jewish socialist homeland. Although her parents soon returned to America, Mary, who was not permitted to leave, would spend the next 34 years in the Soviet Union. My Life in Stalinist Russia chronicles Leder's experiences from the extraordinary perspective of both an insider and an outsider. Readers will be drawn into the life of this independent-minded young woman, coming of age in a society that she believed was on the verge of achieving justice for all but which ultimately led her to disappointment and disillusionment. Leder's absorbing memoir presents a microcosm of Soviet history and an extraordinary window into everyday life and culture in the Stalin era.

Synopsis:

The thoughtful memoirs of a disillusioned daughter of the RussianRevolution.... A sometimes astonishing, worm's-eye view of life undertotalitarianism, and a valuable contribution to Soviet and Jewish studies. --Kirkus Reviews

In this engrossing memoir, Leder recounts the34 years she lived in the U.S.S.R.... She] has a marvelous memory for the detailsof everyday life.... This plainly written account will particularly appeal toreaders with a general interest in women's memoirs, Russian culture and history, andleftist politics. — Publishers Weekly

In 1931, Mary M.Leder, an American teenager, was attending high school in Santa Monica, California.By year's end, she was living in a Moscow commune and working in a factory, thousands of miles from her family, with whom she had emigrated to Birobidzhan, thearea designated by the USSR as a Jewish socialist homeland. Although her parentssoon returned to America, Mary, who was not permitted to leave, would spend the next34 years in the Soviet Union. My Life in Stalinist Russia chronicles Leder'sexperiences from the extraordinary perspective of both an insider and an outsider.Readers will be drawn into the life of this independent-minded young woman, comingof age in a society that she believed was on the verge of achieving justice for allbut which ultimately led her to disappointment and disillusionment. Leder'sabsorbing memoir presents a microcosm of Soviet history and an extraordinary windowinto everyday life and culture in the Stalin era.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253214423
Editor:
Weinberg, Robert
Introduction:
Bernstein, Laurie
Author:
Weinberg, Robert
Author:
Leder, Mary M.
Author:
Bernstein, Laurie
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Political persecution
Subject:
Jewish - General
Subject:
Jews -- Soviet Union.
Subject:
Soviet Union Politics and government.
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series Volume:
106-117
Publication Date:
20010931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
9.2 x 5.8 x 1.05 in

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"Synopsis" by , The thoughtful memoirs of a disillusioned daughter of the RussianRevolution.... A sometimes astonishing, worm's-eye view of life undertotalitarianism, and a valuable contribution to Soviet and Jewish studies. --Kirkus Reviews

In this engrossing memoir, Leder recounts the34 years she lived in the U.S.S.R.... She] has a marvelous memory for the detailsof everyday life.... This plainly written account will particularly appeal toreaders with a general interest in women's memoirs, Russian culture and history, andleftist politics. — Publishers Weekly

In 1931, Mary M.Leder, an American teenager, was attending high school in Santa Monica, California.By year's end, she was living in a Moscow commune and working in a factory, thousands of miles from her family, with whom she had emigrated to Birobidzhan, thearea designated by the USSR as a Jewish socialist homeland. Although her parentssoon returned to America, Mary, who was not permitted to leave, would spend the next34 years in the Soviet Union. My Life in Stalinist Russia chronicles Leder'sexperiences from the extraordinary perspective of both an insider and an outsider.Readers will be drawn into the life of this independent-minded young woman, comingof age in a society that she believed was on the verge of achieving justice for allbut which ultimately led her to disappointment and disillusionment. Leder'sabsorbing memoir presents a microcosm of Soviet history and an extraordinary windowinto everyday life and culture in the Stalin era.

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