I Want to Live

I Want to Live

The Diary of A Young Girl in Stalin's Russia

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Houghton
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.

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.


Baker & Taylor
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
& Taylor

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.

Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin, 2006
ISBN: 9780618605750
0618605754
Branch Call Number: 947.0842 LUG
Characteristics: xix, 280 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Bromfield, Andrew

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multcolib_susannel Aug 23, 2014

I love to read diaries because I think that they are the best way to understand the times in which they were written. This diary is no exception. Like Anne Frank,13 year old Nina Lugovskaya get is worried about the dangers and political tension surrounding her family- especially her father. But she also worries about ordinary teenage concerns: boys, parties, how she looks and what she will be when she grows up. For anyone interested in the day to day life in Soviet Russia under Stalin.

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