I Want To Live: The diary of a young girl in Stalin's Russia

by Nina Lugovskaya

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | June 18, 2007 | Hardcover

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Recently unearthed in the archives of Stalin''s secret police, the NKVD, Nina Lugovskaya''s diary offers rare insight into the life of a teenage girl in Stalin''s Russia?when fear of arrest was a fact of daily life. Like Anne Frank, thirteen-year-old Nina is conscious of the extraordinary dangers around her and her family, yet she is preoccupied by ordinary teenage concerns: boys, parties, her appearance, who she wants to be when she grows up. As Nina records her most personal emotions and observations, her reflections shape a diary that is as much a portrait of her intense inner world as it is the Soviet outer one.

Preserved here, these markings?the evidence used to convict Nina as a ?counterrevolutionary"?offer today''s reader a fascinating perspective on the era in which she lived.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: June 18, 2007

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0618605754

ISBN - 13: 9780618605750

Appropriate for ages: 12 - 12

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I Want To Live: The diary of a young girl in Stalin's Russia

I Want To Live: The diary of a young girl in Stalin's Russia

by Nina Lugovskaya

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: June 18, 2007

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0618605754

ISBN - 13: 9780618605750

About the Book

Recently unearthed in the archives of Stalin"s secret police, the NKVD, Nina Lugovskaya"s diary offers rare insight into the life of a teenage girl in Stalin"s Russia--when fear of arrest was a fact of daily life. Like Anne Frank, thirteen-year-old Nina is conscious of the extraordinary dangers around her and her family, yet she is preoccupied by ordinary teenage concerns: boys, parties, her appearance, who she wants to be when she grows up. As Nina records her most personal emotions and observations, her reflections shape a diary that is as much a portrait of her intense inner world as it is the Soviet outer one.
Preserved here, these markings--the evidence used to convict Nina as a "counterrevolutionary"--offer today"s reader a fascinating perspective on the era in which she lived.

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Yesterday at school, our first lesson was double social studies, and the teacher, Evtsikhevich, arrived even more dressed up than usual, and that set us off laughing and making all sorts of jokes about him. He gave some of the boys reports to write, including Staska, and I promised to write his report for him, which I really regret doing now. In the fourth lesson, before the German teacher arrived in the classroom, Lyovka was standing by the glass tank of newts and prodding them in the back with his pen. One of them grabbed hold of the tip of his pen, and Lyovka thought that was hilarious. He burst out laughing and made a dash for his seat, almost skipping along. ?Ugh, what horrible faces they have, ugly as sin!" ?Just like yours," Irina quipped, and Lyovka answered back, slightly embarrassed: ?No, like yours." Something''s changing, imperceptibly but irresistibly, in the way I feel about the boys, and we are becoming friends (something I''ve dreamed of for ages). I don''t feel anything special for Lyovka now; I kind of like him, that''s all. After school I went to Ira''s place and stayed there till late. When I got home, Zhenya and Lyalya weren''t back yet. Now it''s half past ten. Zhenya is sitting playing the piano and I''m trying to note down as fast as I can the way music makes me feel. You wouldn''t believe how much I love it, but it can be weirdly painful and bitter. It''s impossible to explain the powerful and complicated emotions it gives me; something fragile and de
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Recently unearthed in the archives of Stalin''s secret police, the NKVD, Nina Lugovskaya''s diary offers rare insight into the life of a teenage girl in Stalin''s Russia?when fear of arrest was a fact of daily life. Like Anne Frank, thirteen-year-old Nina is conscious of the extraordinary dangers around her and her family, yet she is preoccupied by ordinary teenage concerns: boys, parties, her appearance, who she wants to be when she grows up. As Nina records her most personal emotions and observations, her reflections shape a diary that is as much a portrait of her intense inner world as it is the Soviet outer one.

Preserved here, these markings?the evidence used to convict Nina as a ?counterrevolutionary"?offer today''s reader a fascinating perspective on the era in which she lived.

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A remarkable document, showing an intelligent teen''s rage against oppressive politics, as well as universal coming-of-age concerns--including anxieties about looks, academic pressures, and hopeful yearnings coupled with suicidal lows. . . . This will provide crucial support for high-school, and even college-level, studies of Russian history. Using boldfaced type, the editors have preserved those passages marked as counterrevolutionary by the Soviet investigators who confiscated the diary; helpful appended material includes editor''s notes, a thoughtful bibliography, and several photos and family letters.
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Appropriate for ages: 12 - 12

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