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.Baker & Taylor
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.
Presents excerpts from a diary, written by thirteen-year-old Nina Lugovskaya, that was confiscated by the NKVD--Stalin's secret police--in 1937, and that reveals a time of political upheaval, betrayal, and repression through the eyes of an innocent.Baker
Revealing a time of political upheaval, betrayal, and repression through the eyes of an innocent, a diary, written by thirteen-year-old Nina Lugovskaya, was confiscated in 1937, by the NKVD, Stalin's secret police, who ransacked her home, stealing her most intimate thoughts and dreams.
"... offers rare insight into the life of a teenage girl in Stalin's Russia, where fear of arrest was a fact of daily life."--Inside flap of dust jacket.