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Till my tale is told : women's memoirs of the Gulag
Vilenskiĭ, S. S. (Semen Samuilovich)
Uniform Title:
Dodnesʹ ti͡agoteet. vyp. 1. Zapiski vasheĭ sovremennit͡sy. English. Selections.
English edition prepared by Simeon Vilensky, John Crowfoot, and Zayara Vesyolaya.
Publication Information:
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xiii, 358 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
My journey / Olga Adamova-Sliozberg -- From "Kolyma : a narrative poem" / Yelena Vladimirova -- My first prison, February 1922 / Bertha Babina-Nevskaya -- Notes by your contemporary / Nadezhda Grankina -- To this day / Veronica Znamenskaya -- Taganka / Vera Shulz -- A part of history / Galina Zatmilova -- Vladivostok transit / Nadezhda Surovtseva -- Years under guard / Yelena Sidorkina -- The way it was / Zoya Marchenko -- Selected poems / Anna Barkova -- Just one fate / Tamara Petkevich -- Selections from "My guitar" / Tatyana Leshchenko-Sukhomlina -- My past / Hava Volovich -- A meeting at the Lubyanka / Nadezhda Kanel -- 7:35 / Zayara Vesyolaya.
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"How extraordinary it is that compassion and tenderness may flourish inthe cruellest conditions; how stubbornly and bravely people survive them. This isnot a depressing book but an inspiriting and encouraging one." -- DorisLessing "The sixteen life stories are riveting.... testimony tothe complexity of the human spirit[, ] to miracles of survival and endurance in themost hellish of conditions.... Till My Tale Is Told remind[s] us of the importanceof remembrance and testimony about this particularly brutal chapter of humanhistory." -- The Women's Review of Books Arrest, interrogation, imprisonment, trial and sentencing, transport, labor camps, internal exile, sometimes release, often followed by re-arrest and re-imprisonment and, for thosewho outlived Stalin, eventual reprieve and rehabilitation these are the outlines ofthe experiences recorded by 16 courageous Russian women whose moving testimonies, most of them written in secret and at great personal risk, are presentedhere.

Author Notes

Cris Carter spent 16 years as an NFL wide receiver -- where he became one of the most dominant pass-catchers in the history of football -- before embarking on a broadcasting career that has led to his current position as an analyst for ESPN. Cris currently is best known for his appearances on the network's Sunday Countdown and Monday Countdown shows and he served as a member of HBO's Inside the NFL prior to that. He is known as one of the most insightful and intelligent football analysts in the industry. Carter was just as cerebral during his playing days, when he was known for his sure hands, precise routes and an uncanny ability to score touchdowns in bunches. He appeared in eight Pro Bowls and set nearly every major receiving record for the Minnesota Vikings. When Carter finished his career, he ranked second all-time in the NFL in receptions (1,130) and touchdown receptions (130).

Jeffri Chadiha has spent the last five years as a senior writer for and a contributor to ESPN the Magazine. Though his primary responsibility involves covering the NFL, he also provides stories for the newsmagazine show E:60 and has appeared on ESPN shows such as First Take, Numbers Never Lie and Sports Reporters. Prior to joining ESPN in 2007, Chadiha was a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, where he worked for seven years. Overall, he has covered the NFL for a total of 16 years and won considerable recognition for his work, including a Sports Emmy in 2009.

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Choice Review

Till My Tale Is Told is a translation and condensation of a Russian work published in the Soviet Union in 1989. Intended to be the first in series of collections, "this volume was devoted to women's memoirs because they offered a humanly approachable introduction to a horrific and alien world." Many of the contributors knew each other, at least slightly, and the work gives some feeling of being a collaborative effort. Only a few selections describe the entire experience of arrest, interrogation, and serving the sentence. Some tell of just a single episode or two, while others consist of poetry. Particularly interesting are the prisoners' attempts to understand the catastrophe that had overtaken them. Read consecutively, the collection is a moving and disturbing experience. In most cases, however, instructors will want to assign just one or two selections in classes. Researchers will want to consult the Russian version or the original manuscripts, which are available in Moscow and Amsterdam. Each selection has a useful biographical introduction, and the translations are all excellent. All in all, a very useful addition to the English-language sources on the history of Soviet repression. All levels. J. Zimmerman; University of Pittsburgh

Table of Contents

Preface to the Russian EditionSimeon Vilensky
Preface to the English EditionSimeon Vilensky
1 Olga Adamova-Sliozberg, My Journey
2 Yelena Vladimirova, From "Kolyma: A Narrative Poem"
3 Bertha Babina-Nevskaya, My First Prison, February 1922
4 Nadezhda Grankina, Notes by Your Contemporary
5 Veronica Znamenskaya, To This Day
6 Vera Shulz, Taganka
7 Galina Zatmilova, A Part of History
8 Nadezhda Surovtseva, Memoirs of Kolyma
9 Yelena Sidorkina, Years Under Guard
10 Zoya Marchenko, How it Was
11 Anna Barkova, Selected Poems
12 Tamara Petkevich, Just One Fate
13 Tatyana Leshchenko-Sukhomlina, Selections from "My Guitar"
14 Hava Volovich, My Past
15 Nadezhda Kanel, A Meeting at the Lubyanka
16 Zayara Vesyolaya, 7-35
AfterwordJohn Crowfoot
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