A True Story Of Love And Survival In The Gulag
"The great storyteller of modern Russian historians."
From Orlando Figes, international bestselling author of "A People's Tragedy", "Just Send Me Word" is the moving true story of two young Russians whose love survived Stalin's Gulag. Lev and Svetlana, kept apart for fourteen years by the Second World War and the Gulag, stayed true to each other and exchanged thousands of secret letters as Lev battled to survive in Stalin's camps. Using this remarkable cache of smuggled correspondence, Orlando Figes tells the tale of two incredible people who, swept along in the very worst of times, kept their devotion alive.
Orlando Figes was granted exclusive access to the thousands of letters between Lev and Sveta that form the foundation of "Just Send Me Word", and he was able to interview the couple in person, then in their nineties. These real-time and largely uncensored letters form the largest cache of Gulag letters ever found. Reviews: "One is overcome with admiration for the kindness, bravery and generosity of people in terrible peril...It is impossible to read without shedding tears".