“ . . . Holmgren gives a superb comparative analysis of the literary legacy of the two memoirists.” —Times Literary Supplement
“Beth Holmgren’s book is a highly original and very productive critical appraisal of the work of Likiia Chukovskaia and Nadezhda Mandelstam.” —The Russian Review
“This fine book, with its copious, informative notes and good bibliography, will interest students of 20th-century literature and theorists of autobiography, feminist criticism, and gender studies.” —Choice
“ . . . a fascinating book that provides a powerful testament to the strength and endurance of women in a particularly ghastly period of history.” —Signs
“ . . . impressive, eloquently written . . . an integrated comparative study of two very different female survivors of the Stalinist night.” —Caryl Emerson
“ . . . a bold scholarly act. . . . The writing is excellent throughout.” —Barbara Heldt
Two extraordinary women writers are evoked as models of women’s heroic roles in preserving Russian culture in Stalin’s time. A fresh and eloquent approach to the literature of the Stalinist age.