Writing the Siege of Leningrad: Womens Diaries Memoirs and Documentary Prose

Writing the Siege of Leningrad Womens Diaries Memoirs and Documentary Prose Silver Winner ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year HistoryFrom September until January Leningrad suffered under one of the worst sieges in the history of warfare At least one million civili

  • Title: Writing the Siege of Leningrad: Womens Diaries Memoirs and Documentary Prose
  • Author: Cynthia Simmons Nina Perlina
  • ISBN: 9780822958697
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Paperback
  • Silver Winner, ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year, HistoryFrom September 1941 until January 1944, Leningrad suffered under one of the worst sieges in the history of warfare At least one million civilians died, many during the terribly cold first winter Bearing the brunt of this hardship and keeping the city alive through their daily toil and sacrifice were the women of LSilver Winner, ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year, HistoryFrom September 1941 until January 1944, Leningrad suffered under one of the worst sieges in the history of warfare At least one million civilians died, many during the terribly cold first winter Bearing the brunt of this hardship and keeping the city alive through their daily toil and sacrifice were the women of Leningrad Yet their perspective on life during the siege has been little examined.Cynthia Simmons and Nina Perlina have searched archival holdings for letters and diaries written during the siege, conducted interviews with survivors, and collected poetry, fiction, and retrospective memoirs written by the blokadnitsy women survivors to present a truer picture of the city under siege In simple, direct, even heartbreaking language, these documents tell of lost husbands, mothers, children meager rations often supplemented with sawdust and other inedible additives crime, cruelty, and even cannibalism They also relate unexpected acts of kindness and generosity attempts to maintain cultural life through musical and dramatic performances and provide insight into a group of ordinary women reaching beyond differences in socioeconomic class, ethnicity, and profession in order to survive in extraordinary times.

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    1. What a truly outstanding collection Bringing together letters and diaries, memoirs and interviews, these are the words of the women of Leningrad, the individuals who lived through the Siege, history through the words of the ordinary people that experienced it Wonderfully put together, edited and translated, the foreword, introduction, preface, and conclusion were useful in putting the events into context, but the main body and most important part of the book are the excerpts written by the Lenin [...]


    2. The women, the victims and survivors of the siege, speak for themselves Going beyond the history of the military men and the political leaders, this is truly people s history.A must read.


    3. This book took me a long time to read partly because my life has been busy but also because it is a heavy book The stories of these woman are heartbreaking Different images and thoughts will stay with you forever I cannot imagine living at this horrific time with such horrible conditions.Some of the excerpts were fasicinating that others as they were better written and expressive The prose selection was my least favorite and I didn t think the introduction was worth reading.


    4. Understanding Oppression Women s Rights Then and Now Writing The Siege Of Leningrad Women s Diaries, Memoirs, and Documentary Prose Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies by Cynthia Simmons From September 1941 until January 1944, Leningrad suffered under one of the worst sieges in the history of warfare At least one million civilians died, many during the terribly cold first winter Bearing the brunt of this hardship and keeping the city alive through their daily toil and sacrifice were [...]


    5. I would actually give this a little under 3 stars but 2 stars seemed too low I find the Siege of Leningrad to be very interesting but this book was a little dry for me I felt like I was reading something for schoolI never liked school so that is not a compliment The information was interesting but I didn t care for the set up.


    6. Some of these women s unedited diaries are better written than most books published today Amazing Lots of interesting tidbits about life during the siege Of course, very intense and hard to read at times.


    7. Disclaimer This was written by my college advisor one of my favorite professors Objectively, I still think it is very interesting and a worthwhile read for anyone interested in Russia and The USSR.


    8. Tremendously moving, heartbreaking, necessary This book destroyed me, and was the first of a series of pushes that led me to pursue an MA in Russian and East European studies.


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