Her given name is often Latinized to Eugenia. The family moved to Kazan in In , she began to study social sciences at Kazan State University , later switching to pedagogy. In April , Ginzburg was officially confirmed as a docent approximately equivalent to an associate professor in western universities , specializing in the history of the All-Union Communist Party.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Journey into the Whirlwind by Evgenia Ginzburg. Journey into the Whirlwind by Evgenia Ginzburg ,. Paul Stevenson Translator. Max Hayward Translator. Eugenia Ginzburg's critically acclaimed memoir of the harrowing eighteen years she spent in prisons and labor camps under Stalin's rule By the late s, Eugenia Semyonovna Ginzburg had been a loyal and very active member of the Communist Party for many years.
Yet like millions of others who suffered during Stalin's reign of terror, she was arrested—on trumped-up charges o Eugenia Ginzburg's critically acclaimed memoir of the harrowing eighteen years she spent in prisons and labor camps under Stalin's rule By the late s, Eugenia Semyonovna Ginzburg had been a loyal and very active member of the Communist Party for many years.
Yet like millions of others who suffered during Stalin's reign of terror, she was arrested—on trumped-up charges of being a Trotskyist terrorist and counter-revolutionary—and sentenced to prison.
With an amazing eye for detail, profound strength, and an indefatigable spirit, Ginzburg recounts the years, days, and minutes she endured in prisons and labor camps, including two years of solitary confinement. A classic account of survival, Journey into the Whirlwind is considered one of the most important documents of Stalin's regime ever written. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title.
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See 1 question about Journey into the Whirlwind…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Journey into the Whirlwind. Sep 11, Steven Godin rated it it was amazing Shelves: memoir-autobiography , russia-ukraine , non-fiction , history. Eugenia Ginzburg was one of millions of dedicated Communists and ordinary Soviet citizens swept up in the colossal purges carried out during the 's. Ginzburg, who was a teacher and wrote for the newspaper Red Tartary, was arrested by Stalin's secret police early in , and sentenced to a ten-year term for being an active member of a nonexistent Trotskyite conspiracy.
She survived, often only by a hair's breadth, the gruelling time spent in prisons and labor camps, living through some of th Eugenia Ginzburg was one of millions of dedicated Communists and ordinary Soviet citizens swept up in the colossal purges carried out during the 's.
She survived, often only by a hair's breadth, the gruelling time spent in prisons and labor camps, living through some of the harshest conditions known to man. Ginzburg would go to write, what is possibly, the single most vivid report on Stalin's epoch of terror. Her story is told over two books this is basically both books in one review to save time. The first covering the period from her arrest up to , when, on the eve of the Second World War, she arrived at the Kolyma gold fields of Eastern Siberia, which was the most desolate and foreboding of Stalin's camps.
The second part 'Within the Whirlwind', which was released later in , the year of Ginzburg's death, focuses solely with more detail on the inner circles of Kolyma, and is told with a greater frankness and a deeper feeling of pessimism at ever seeing a change of leadership in the Soviet Union. The chances of survival, especially at Kolyma, were certainly no better than one in several hundred, and living on a diet mostly consisting of potato peelings, stomach-churning soup, rancid water, and moldy bread, added to the fact of extreme temperatures both uncomfortably hot and bone-chillingly cold, plus the lack of any decent sleep, its little surprise really.
She owed her life to her quick wits, the reciting of poetry which managed to pierce the darkness, and to the kindness and aid of fellow inmates, most notably Anton Walter, a German Doctor from the Crimea, with whom she fell in love.
I went for this because it's told from a female perspective, and I've lost track of the amount of times I've read similar books dealing with captivity written by men.
And there are obvious differences here, one most noticeably being menstruation, something that didn't even cross my mind until it first gets mentioned. True, she had refused to join in denouncing a fellow academic as a Trotskyite spy. To think a faithful Party member could be subjected to eighteen years of incarceration in brutal Soviet prisons and concentration camps, and still remain loyal to the Party is difficult to get my head around, but it's something that was not uncommon.
As well as detailing the cruel regime of the time, her account challenges the reader, and offers a different perspective on life, when all that matters is trying to survive, a perspective most of us will never have to experience.
View all 6 comments. It was published in English in , some thirty years after the story begins. The two-part book is a highly detailed first-hand account of her life and imprisonment in the Soviet Union during the rule of Joseph Stalin in the s. Although Ginzburg sought to have the manuscript published in the Soviet Union, she was turned down.
The manuscript was smuggled out of the c Journey into the Whirlwind, Evgenia Ginzburg Journey into the Whirlwind is the English title of the memoir by Eugenia Ginzburg. The manuscript was smuggled out of the country and later sold in many different languages. The first volume was published in and the second volume was published in two years after Ginzburg's death.
A copy would not be published by a Russian publisher until Aug 16, Buck rated it it was amazing Shelves: life-writing , in-captivity , russians. After beavering away like a good little boy on a review of Into the Whirlwind , I got so disgusted with the falseness and inadequacy of my response even more so than usual that I eventually gave up in despair.
So fair warning. Despite all my prissy scruples, I th After beavering away like a good little boy on a review of Into the Whirlwind , I got so disgusted with the falseness and inadequacy of my response even more so than usual that I eventually gave up in despair. The standard defence would be to claim that books such as Into the Whirlwind are educational in the truest sense, admitting us into a reality so incredibly, so monstrously alien to our own. Speaking personally, I am — I have to face it — the spoiled and sheltered product of a relatively enlightened society.
But what, frankly, do I know about evil? About suffering, injustice, degradation? As a matter of real, lived experience, almost nothing. But the very neatness of the self-justification makes me suspicious.
Somebody should write a book about that. And that I can think of at least three others I want to read? This can't be healthy. View all 50 comments. Jan 16, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: 20th-century , read-in-translation , russia-and-soviet-union , autobiography-memoir. A fantastic and heart rendering book.
Evgenia Ginzberg had a comfortable life in the s and into the s in Kazan, For reasons unknown she was arrested in one of the early purges and sentenced to prison. Due to the continuing purges and concomitant necessary changes to accommodate all the people who were imprisoned her solitary confinement was interrupted and she was forced to share a cell prison wasn't bad - there was a library service , later the two are deported to a labour camp in Sibe A fantastic and heart rendering book.
Due to the continuing purges and concomitant necessary changes to accommodate all the people who were imprisoned her solitary confinement was interrupted and she was forced to share a cell prison wasn't bad - there was a library service , later the two are deported to a labour camp in Siberia. The train journey is something almost magical for somebody who has been in a cell with one other person foe several years - of a sudden there is a railway wagon full of women, one of whom slightly bizarrely declares herself to be a Menshevik, though it seems to me highly unlikely that anything of Menshevik party structures could have survived that long.
In Siberia, rations are proportional to work completed and the work they are set to is felling trees with an axe and dragging them back to a central point. Everyday working in deep cold Ginzburg finds herself weaker and weaker, she fells less and gets less food as her productivity decreases eventually she realises that she will die.
Instead due to luck and kindness she becomes a nurse. At which point the translation abruptly ends. There is a second part to Ginzburg's autobiography, I believe untranslated, detailing her years as a nurse in the labour camp, relationship with the Doctor who if I recall correctly was a homeopath and seventh day Adventist and their eventual release and settlement in 'Golden Magadan'.
Ginzburg drags the reader with her from a comfortable life through accusation and imprisonment, solitary confinement to Siberian labour camp up to the point of impending death, it is quite a reading experience. Because this is an autobiographical account it contain a lot that who seem too impossible or ridiculous for fiction. For example having to share her prison cell despite being in solitary confinement or the brief intense romances between the male and female prisoners while they were waiting to be transported up the pacific coast to the labour camp.
Nov 17, Haaze rated it it was amazing Shelves: biographies , lit-russian , tyranny , historyth-century , russia , stalinism , memoirs , favorites. Over the last few days Evgenia Ginzburg's autobiography 'Journey into the Whirlwind' has been a constant companion.
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