Sofia Petrovna

Sofia Petrovna

ISBN: 0810111500

ISBN 13: 9780810111509

Publication Date: June 08, 1994

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

Pages: 120

Format: Paperback

Authors: Lydia Chukovskaya, Aline Werth

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Sofia Petrovna is Lydia Chukovskaya's fictional account of the Great Purge. Sofia is a Soviet Everywoman, a doctor's widow who works as a typist in a Leningrad publishing house. When her beloved son is caught up in the maelstrom of the purge, she joins the long lines of women outside the prosecutor's office, hoping against hope for good news. Confronted with a world that makes no moral sense, Sofia goes mad, a madness which manifests itself in delusions little different from the lies those around her tell every day to protect themselves. Sofia Petrovna offers a rare and vital record of Stalin's Great Purges.

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