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Reviews

  • No other work conveys as well the atmosphere of the 1930s terror, nor how Russian people survived it by listening to their great poets

    Orlando Figes, The Week
  • A superb memoir... A reminder that it is only a genuine work of art which is capable of communicating a reality so appalling as the Stalinist terror

    Philip Toynbee
  • Not only a vivid account of persecution during Stalin's terror, it is also one of the few convincing descriptions of how a genius writes poetry

    A. Alvarez
  • A Day of Judgement on earth for her age and its literature

    Joseph Brodsky
  • Surely the most luminous account we have- or are likely to get- of life in the Soviet Union during the purges of the 1930's

    New York Review of Books

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