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ISBN:
039457141X
Author:
Irina Ratushinskaya
Category:
Poetry
Language:
English
Publisher:
Knopf; 1st American ed edition (March 6, 1991)
Pages:
317 pages
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1462 kb
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1321 kb
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Irina Ratushinskaya is a Russian poet/writer who became a political prisoner in the Soviet Union due to her dissident activities. I happened to come across another book of hers, "A Tale of Three Heads" and fell in love with it, and so I was interested in finding something else by her to read.

Irina Ratushinskaya is a Russian poet/writer who became a political prisoner in the Soviet Union due to her dissident activities. Whereas the book "Grey is the Color of Hope" is about her experiences in prison, most of this book is about Ratushinskaya's life before she was arrested.

Irina Borisovna Ratushinskaya (Russian: Ири́на Бори́совна Ратуши́нская, 4 March 1954, Odessa – 5 July 2017, Moscow) was a Russian Soviet dissident, poet and writer. Irina Ratushinskaya was born in Odessa, Ukraine on 4 March 1954

Irina Borisovna Ratushinskaya (Russian: Ири́на Бори́совна Ратуши́нская, 4 March 1954, Odessa – 5 July 2017, Moscow) was a Russian Soviet dissident, poet and writer. Irina Ratushinskaya was born in Odessa, Ukraine on 4 March 1954. Her father, Boris Leonidovich Ratushinsky, was an engineer; her mother, Irina Valentinovna Ratushinskaya, was a teacher of Russian literature. Irina had one sister.

In the Beginning book. Irina Ratushinskaya was born in Odessa, Ukraine. Her father was Boris Leonidovich, an engineer, and her mother was Irina Valentinovna Ratushinsky, a teacher of Russian literature. Her mother's family originated from Poland, and her grandfather was deported to Siberia shortly after the January Uprising, a Polish uprising against forced conscription in the Russian Army in 1863. Irina was educated at Irina Ratushinskaya was born in Odessa, Ukraine.

Authors: Ratushinskaya, Irina. Publication Date: 11 August 2016. Four unforgettable books by acclaimed poet, novelist and dissident Irina Ratushinskaya, beautifully repackaged.

This compelling memoir of the early years of the Russian poet and human rights activist Ratushinskaya is a fine complement to her earlier chronicle, Grey Is the Colour of Hope ( LJ 10/15/88), a memoir of her experiences in a Soviet labor camp and solitary confinement.

by Irina Ratushinskaya. IN THE BEGINNING goes back to the poet's life before her arrest, interweaving her experiences of growing up in Odessa with those of her childhood friend and future husband Igor Geraschenko. With wit and simplicity Irina describes a biased and turbulent education, being pressured to work for the KGB, the growth of faith that became so important to her in later life, and an impromptu wedding.

IN THE BEGINNING goes back to the poet’s life before her arrest, interweaving her experiences of growing up in Odessa with those of her childhood friend and future husband Igor Geraschenko. Ratushinskaya shows how her early experiences moulded her personality, enabling her at a time of almost unbearable pressure to remain true to her own convictions.

Used availability for Irina Ratushinskaya's In The Beginning. August 2016 : UK Paperback

Used availability for Irina Ratushinskaya's In The Beginning. March 1991 : USA Hardback. August 2016 : UK Paperback.

The author recounts her life before her arrest and imprisonment for "anti-Soviet" writings to describe her experiences growing up in Odessa, her turbulent education, her marriage, and her association with other dissident writers
  • Mullador
This book is a fascinating look at what it's like to live under a government that despises human rights. Ratushinskaya's determination to get through the ordeal of the Russian prison camp, to which she was sentenced for seven years because she wrote poetry that the state found alarming, creates an amazing human document. Her courage and sense of humor, which she retained despite the horrible prison conditions, are a testament to her strength and resilience. After serving four years, she was released when the old Soviet Union had given way to a newer more open Russia.
  • Nicanagy
Irina Ratushinskaya is a Russian poet/writer who became a political prisoner in the Soviet Union due to her dissident activities. I happened to come across another book of hers, "A Tale of Three Heads" and fell in love with it, and so I was interested in finding something else by her to read.
Whereas the book "Grey is the Color of Hope" is about her experiences in prison, most of this book is about Ratushinskaya's life before she was arrested. She talks about growing up in Odessa, and about the life of her husband when he was younger, how he worked to overcome difficulties walking, and how he loved making fire. Although religion, being forbidden under the Soviets, did not play a large part in their lives growing up, instilled in both of them was a thirst for the truth, and a sense of decency and justice -- things which, as they got older, they saw the Soviets try to do away with as well. (Of course Lenin was a genius in physics!)
For these reasons, they had to decide to play along with this system or to try to resist it - they chose to resist. Coming together with others of like mind, they hoped to help circulate forbidden texts, such as those of Solzhenytsin, to do anything to loosen the grip the Soviets had on the minds of the people. Ratushinskaya is a poet herself, and her poetry was also circulated; one of the reasons that she served much more time in prison as her husband.
She did survive, and after her release she and her husband were forced to flee to England.
This book, however, is a well-written chronicle of what will bring a person (or in this case two) to try to fight against a tyranny that they have almost no hope of toppling, and yet they struggle on anyway.
  • Altad
hopeful manner!
She is a beautiful writer. Takes you inside her world... whether as a child in Odessa... or as a political prisoner,... or struggling poet and writer under communist rule... she is a wonderful. Too bad she went back to Russia.... America is better for her being in Chicago for that period of time.
  • Ueledavi
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