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Blockade diary /
Lidii͡a Ginzburg ; translated from the Russian by Alan Meyers with an introduction by Aleksandr Kushner.
imprint
London : Harvill Press, 1995.
description
xiv, 114 p.
ISBN
186046033X (Pbk.)
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imprint
London : Harvill Press, 1995.
isbn
186046033X (Pbk.)
general note
Translation of: Chelovek za pisʹmennym.
catalogue key
1324172
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Summaries
Main Description
The 900-day siege of Leningrad was one the turning points of the Second World War. It slowed down the German advance into Russia and became a national symbol of survival and resistance. From her own experience of the blockade and using facts, conversations, and impressions collected over many years, Lidiya Ginzburg has created a remarkable everyman hero in whom she distils the collective experience of life under siege. Though the author may depict, often painfully, the hunger and harrowing conditions of that period, the reader takes away a different impression--the dignity, vitality, and intellectual resilience of the thinking mind as it records and makes sense of extreme experience.
Main Description
The 900-day siege of Leningrad was one the turning points of the Second World War. It slowed down the German advance into Russia and became a national symbol of survival and resistance. From her own experience of the blockade and using facts, conversations, and impressions collected over many years, Lidiya Ginzburg has created a remarkable everyman hero in whom she distils the collective experience of life under siege. Though the author may depict, often painfully, the hunger and harrowing conditions of that period, the reader takes away a different impressionthe dignity, vitality, and intellectual resilience of the thinking mind as it records and makes sense of extreme experience.
Main Description
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