This engrossing collection of prison memoirs by Russian women is the first to portray the direct experiences of the wide range of women who were incarcerated in Soviet prisons and camps. Comprising the stories of women from all classes and backgrounds, this book covers the entire span of the Gulag's existence from the 1920s to the 1980s, including the little-known periods of political repression of the 1960s and 1980s.
Veronica Shapovalov is associate professor of Russian at San Diego State University.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 PART I: Nonconformity, Resistance, and Protest Chapter 3 My Autobiography Chapter 4 Why Weren't You Crying? Chapter 5 Memoirs of Brusilova, by E. Selezneva Chapter 6 From the Protocol of Interrogation Chapter 7 You Would Make a Good Joan of Arc Chapter 8 How I Became an Anarchist Chapter 9 The Prison Transport in Wartime Chapter 10 My Meetings with Anna Petrovna Skripnikova Chapter 11 Perspective Part 12 PART II: Camp As a Way of Life Chapter 13 Episodes from My Life Chapter 14 Life Is Everywhere Chapter 15 From Aelita's Notes Chapter 16 Epiphany in the Taiga Chapter 17 From Letters Chapter 18 Letters Part 19 PART III: Sisters, Moms, and Broads Chapter 20 From Letters Chapter 21 Satyr and Nymphs Chapter 22 The Hold Chapter 23 I Never Saw Him Again Chapter 24 Unedited Life