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BITTER WATERS: LIFE AND WORK IN STALIN'S RUSSIA

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One dusty summer day in 1935, a young writer named Gennady Andreev-Khomiakov was released from the Siberian labor camp where he had spent the last eight years of his life. His total assets amounted to 25 rubles, a loaf of bread, five dried herrings, and the papers identifying him as a convicted “enemy of the people.” From this hard-pressed beginning, Andreev-Khomiakov would eventually work his way into a series of jobs that would allow him to travel and see more of ordinary life and work in the Soviet Union of the 1930s than most of his fellow Soviet citizens would ever have dreamed possible. Capitalizing on this rare opportunity, Bitter Waters is Andreev-Khomiakovs eyewitness account of those tumultuous years, a time when titanic forces were shaping the course of Russian history.Later to become a successful writer and editor in the Russian émigré community in the 1950s and 1960s, Andreev-Khomiakov brilliantly uses this memoir to explore many aspects of Stalinist society. Forced collectivization, Five Year Plans, purges, and the questionable achievements of “shock worker brigades” are only part of this story. Andreev-Khomiakov exposes the Soviet economy as little more than a web of corruption, a system that largely functioned through bribery, barter, and brute force—and that fell into temporary chaos when the German army suddenly invaded in 1941.Bitter Waters may be most valuable for what it reveals about Russian society during the tumultuous 1930s. From remote provincial centers and rural areas, to the best and worst of Moscow and Leningrad, Andreev-Khomiakovs series of deftly drawn sketches of people, places, and events provide a unique window on the hard daily lives of the people who built Stalins Soviet Union.

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Bitter Waters is Gennady Andreev-Khomiakovs eyewitness account of life in the Soviet Union during the tumultuous 1930s, a time when titanic forces were shaping the course of Russian history. Forced collectivization, Five Year Plans, purges, and the phony achievements of “shock worker brigades” are only part of this story. Using this memoir of his youth to explore every aspect of Stalinist society, Andreev-Khomiakov exposes the Soviet economy to be little more than a web of corruption—a system that only functioned through bribery, barter, and brute force.

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Focusing on life and work after the author's release in 1935 from a Soviet labor camp, his story is told chronologically, and begins with his difficulties finding a job in the Russian provinces. This memoir may be most valuable for what it reveals about Russian society and economy and the indomitable creativity with which ordinary people sustained both their lives.

About the Author

Gennady Andreev-Khomiakov was imprisoned as a teenager in Soviet Russia in 1926 and released in 1935. During World War II, he was a German prisoner of war and did not return to the Soviet Union at war's end. He later served as coeditor of the Novyi Zhurnal (New Journal) and chief editor of Mosty (Bridges). Ann E. Healy is a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and the author of Russian Autocracy in Crisis: 1905-1907. She is currently writing a book about the Jewish issue in U.S.-Russian relations.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813323749
Translator:
Healy, Ann E.
Author:
Healy, Ann E.
Author:
Healy, Ann
Author:
Andreev-Khomiakov, Gennady M.
Author:
Translator
Author:
Andreev-Khomiakov, Gennady
Publisher:
Westview Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Russian
Subject:
History
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
World
Subject:
Soviet Union History 1925-1953.
Subject:
Political prisoners -- Soviet Union.
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19980731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
220
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 12 oz

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Bitter Waters is Gennady Andreev-Khomiakovs eyewitness account of life in the Soviet Union during the tumultuous 1930s, a time when titanic forces were shaping the course of Russian history. Forced collectivization, Five Year Plans, purges, and the phony achievements of “shock worker brigades” are only part of this story. Using this memoir of his youth to explore every aspect of Stalinist society, Andreev-Khomiakov exposes the Soviet economy to be little more than a web of corruption—a system that only functioned through bribery, barter, and brute force.
"Synopsis" by , Focusing on life and work after the author's release in 1935 from a Soviet labor camp, his story is told chronologically, and begins with his difficulties finding a job in the Russian provinces. This memoir may be most valuable for what it reveals about Russian society and economy and the indomitable creativity with which ordinary people sustained both their lives.
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