Just send me word: a true story of love and survival in the Gulag

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A heroic love story and an unprecedented inside view of one of Stalin's most notorious labor camps, based on a remarkable cache of letters smuggled in and out of the Gulag

"I went to get the letters for our friends, and couldn't help but feel a little envious, I didn't expect anything for myself. And suddenly--there was my name, and, as if it was alive, your handwriting."

In 1946, after five years as a prisoner--first as a Soviet POW in Nazi concentration camps, then as a deportee (falsely accused of treason) in the Arctic Gulag--twenty-nine-year-old Lev Mishchenko unexpectedly received a letter from Sveta, the sweetheart he had hardly dared hope was still alive. Amazingly, over the next eight years the lovers managed to exchange more than 1,500 messages, and even to smuggle Sveta herself into the camp for secret meetings. Their recently discovered correspondence is the only known real-time record of life in Stalin's Gulag, unmediated and uncensored.

Orlando Figes, "the great storyteller of modern Russian historians" ( Financial Times ), draws on Lev and Sveta's letters as well as KGB archives and recent interviews to brilliantly reconstruct the broader world in which their story unfolded. With the powerful narrative drive of a novel, Just Send Me Word reveals a passion and endurance that triumphed over the tragic forces of history.

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subject_facetFiancées -- Soviet Union
Fiancées -- Soviet Union -- Correspondence
Imprisonment -- Soviet Union
Labor camps -- Russia (Federation) -- Pechora (Komi)
Mishchenko, Lev -- Correspondence
Mishchenko, Lev -- Imprisonment
Mishchenko, Svetlana
Mishchenko, Svetlana -- Correspondence
Political prisoners -- Russia (Federation) -- Pechora (Komi)
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title_displayJust send me word : a true story of love and survival in the Gulag
title_fullJust send me word : a true story of love and survival in the Gulag / Orlando Figes
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Labor camps
Mishchenko, Lev
Mishchenko, Svetlana
Political prisoners