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Stalin's Children: Three Generations of Love and War [Kindle Edition]

Owen Matthews

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'A Russian Wild Swans ... Some of the stories will stay with me forever' Sunday Times 'Heartbreaking, romantic and utterly compelling ... An astonishing personal history of love, death and betrayal' Simon Sebag Montefiore 'Gripping ... This fascinating book is not a footnote to Soviet history: it is Soviet history, one of the millions of private tales of evil and astonishing endurance that make up the awful whole' Observer 'Epic ... extraordinary ... Matthews ... seems to contain an essence of a Russia that preceded the turmoils and savage inflictions that he so richly describes in his book' Simon Callow, Guardian


On a midsummer day in 1937, Boris Bibikov kissed his two daughters goodbye and disappeared. One of those girls, Lyudmila, was to fall in love with a tall young foreigner in Moscow at the height of the Cold War and embark on a dangerous and passionate affair. Decades later, a reporter in nineties Moscow, her son Owen Matthews pieces together his grandfather's passage through the harrowing world of Stalin's purges, and tells the story of his parents' Cold War love affair through their heartbreaking letters and memories. Stalin's Children is a raw, vivid memoir about a young man's struggle to understand his parents' lives and the history of the strange country in which they lived.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 507 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 320 Seiten
  • Verlag: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; Auflage: 1 (7. März 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0052TA8NS
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #34.023 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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It's difficult to feel sympathy for the stern and single-minded Boris Bibikov, grandfather of author Owen Matthews. He was a man who benefited (as did his wife and two girls) from being a lower echelon Soviet party member. This chosen association would ultimately cost him his life, in one of the first of Stalin's many political purges (later, the men who condemned Boris would face the very same fate).

His grandmother, Martha (Boris's wife) is equally hard to warm up to-- even Mr. Matthews has negative memories of her. The woman's unjust imprisonment, suffering and loss of family and status surely were the cause of her acidic nature, and yet, for years after regaining freedom Martha made no attempt to reconnect with daughters who equally suffered during her absence. She chose instead to inflict mental pain on anyone in her vicinity.

The two girls, Lenina and Lyudmila (the author's mother) were sent to an orphanage upon their parents' arrest. Events caused them to be separated; Mila would almost die from a tubercular leg and starvation. Somehow, both made it through their ordeals and only the merest of chances reunited them.

They would both go forward to create good lives for themselves: education, employment, marriage, kids. STALIN'S CHILDREN then, is their story. It's also a well-researched look at Soviet life from the early 1920s through Glasnost, as lived by members of a single family. The author even offers his own experiences in post-Soviet Ukraine-- a sudden random street assault and official investigation, and his interactions with a bureaucracy reluctant to reveal the secrets and injustices of a regime no longer extant.

For those in the U.S. who can only recall the Cold War from a child's perspective-- the influence of propaganda plus any negative views of the U.S.S.R. we may have absorbed from our parents-- what is most revealing in STALIN'S CHILDREN is that citizens living under Soviet Communism only wanted the same things we hoped for over here: security, a home, a family and the ability to provide for them. What the children of Boris and Martha Bibikov endured to finally realize these simple dreams should never happen to anyone, anywhere, ever again.
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