: Sofia Petrovna (European Classics) (): Lydia Chukovskaya, Aline Werth: Books. There are two editions of Chukovskaia’s novel Sofia Petrovna available: the . Sibelan Forrester, “Lidiya Chukovskaya,” in in Anne Commire and Deborah. About Chukovskaya: Sofia Petrovna. This is a fictional account of one woman’s experience following the arrest of her son during the Yezhov purges. Drawing on .

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On the contrary, Chukovskaya would say, under Stalinism the vast majority of people both believed and were suspicious, depending on the circumstances; the human mind very easily accommodates contradictions when self-interest is at stake. In many ways she belongs to a “lost” generation of Soviet writers others might include Iurii Olesha,Nikolai Zabolotsky,or Mariia Petrovykh,who began to bloom as creative personalities just before the great era of repression began, so that it nipped their development as writers in the bud.

I read it in two bathtub sittings. It’s certainly much better than Nineteen Eighty-Fourthat overladen fable, and, as has been often pointed out, the favorite novel of anyone who’s only read five novels.

For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. Alik and Natasha, who had supported Sofia Petrovna and Kolya, are arrested and commit suicide, respectively.

Chukovskaia, on the other hand, was both freed and compelled to write by the events of the Purges. Chukovskaya slyly depicts the masculine fixity of Kolya and his best friend Alik Finkelstein as they prepare for a career in engineering; the choice of engineering as her son’s field is inspired not only because engineers played such an outsize role in the Soviet mythos but also because an engineer, with his focus on the rational and the workable, seems uniquely primed to be blindsided by the coming absurdities of the terror.

Finally, more than a year after Kolya disappears, she hears that his sentence is 10 years hard labor, for terrorism.

Chukovskaya: Sofia Petrovna

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Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: How do we explain that sort of deception to ourselves, and how do the various characters in the book explain it to themselves — or otherwise make mental and psychological adaptations in order to keep on living?

But she has to fight; after all, he must be innocent, he can’t be like all those others who petgovna are guilty, it must be a mistake, this isn’t the corrupt imperial Russia anymore, this is a free country where everyone is equal and there are laws to protect the innocent and courts dedicated to finding out the truth. Sofia is a Soviet Everywoman, a doctor’s widow who works as a typist in a Leningrad petrovvna house.

She trains to be a typist after soffia husband dies, because everyone must work. Sofia Petrovna can only believe that it is a mistake, and devotes herself to trying to clear it up.

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The funny thing is that this is how mothers react about their children believing them to be innocent at all times. Kolya confessed to his crimes. Jun 20, Serena rated it really liked it Shelves: This polarity is evident in the following exchange between them, with Sofia Petrovna telling Zakharova: Jan 01, Cathy rated it it was amazing. She also fits in well at the publishing house, and thoroughly enjoys her job.

Sofia’s teenage son, Kolya, is the apple of her eye. When her beloved son is caught up in the maelstrom of the purge, she joins the long lines of women outside the prosecutor’s office, hoping against hope for good news.

Heart of a Dog. What makes this theme more intriguing is the fact chukovskqya Alik is Jewish. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

Sofia Petrovna by Lydia Chukovskaya

Sofia Petrovna is cursed by being the mother of an exceptional but conventionally Marxist son and a friend and fellow-typist in a publishing house who has the misfortune of being born to a disgraced middle-class. Her attempt to publish Sofia Petrovna was only the first of many courageous acts; for the first several years, when she was working to spread the word of Joseph Brodsky’s trial for “parasitism” and exile to the insalubrious far north for example, her father’s prominence and popularity as a writer served to protect her.


For anyone connected with you. Before long, however, the Great Purge begins chukovskayx Sofia’s coworkers begin vanishing, amid accusations of treachery. Even though she is a proud communist and takes an active role at party meetings, Olga Petrovna can no longer trust anyone.

One of Orwell’s mistakes was to depict the “totalitarian” society I’ll use that word, which in practice tends to absolve the West of any of its own rights abuses, for convenience’s sake as comprising only the party and the people, the clergy and the laity, the oppressors and the oppressed.

I have not checked the edition, but the edition and subsequent reprints not only have the correct title and have been revised, but they include a foreword and afterward by Chukovskaia that are well worth reading. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This is really a spectacular series and ever-expanding.

Sofia Petrovna

Word comes of the arrest of “a large number of physicians in the city” — including a colleague of her husband’s. Bristol Classical Press Series: Written in a detached voice, it succeeds in dofia the suffocating terror, deceit and disbelief the Soviet people lived in.

Please note that print inspection copies are only available in UK and Republic of Ireland. Sofia is a Soviet Everywoman, a doctor’s widow who works as a typist in a Leningrad publishing house. As Svetlana Shnitman-McMillin points out, the best- known works by women about the Stalin era are memoirs — Evgeniia Ginzburg’s Journey into the Whirlwind and WIthin the Whirlwind and Nadezhda Mandel’shtam’s Hope Against Hope — but Chukovskaia was “the main woman writer of fiction to turn to this bloody theme” in Cornwell, see below, p.