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"Never Have Done Anything Wrong "have done anything wrong to disappear getting arrested and taken away she convinces herself of one alsehood after another When it s her own son who is taken things Wild Horses (Saddle Club, for her begin to get nightmarish and in the pursuit of security and safety she does things that seem unthinkableWhile this book could also be considered a timeless look at how a person copes with loss and trauma Sofia Petrovna is ultimately a character study and aictional portrayal of a very real and horrific event Chukovskaya herself was profoundly affected by her experiences with horrific event Chukovskaya herself was profoundly affected by her experiences with 1930 s Russia and although Sofia isn t an author insert by any stretch of the imagination Chukovskaya s own life reflects in every page of this book For what it is this is good What is it The social realist small scale human truthful drama of a woman coming to terms with the abduction by the Stalinist state of her son Its power lies in its mundanity in its view of workplace politics of state sponsored peer pressure of mothers ueuing Undressing The Devil for hoursdaysmonthsor the merest tidbits of information It has every appearance of complete truthfulness to life If I prefer my Lethal Force fiction a little less truthful to life that s noault of prefer my Prayers That Rout Demons and Break Curses fiction a little less truthful to life that s noault of Chukovskaya s Maybe it could have gone Little Answer further though If its aim as stated by its author in the afterword was to show its protagonist s descent into madness I don t think it uite gets there but there s enough here to at least suggest how that descent might have proceeded As a reminder of what depths people can sink to through propaganda and political coercion and the ways in which that coercion manifests itself at street level this is powerful If nothing else it ll help put your Platonov Zamyatin and Akhmatova in contex. D a madness which manifests itself in delusions little differentrom the lies those around her tell every day to protect themselves Sofia Petrovna offers a rare and vital record of Stalin's Great Purges. Fter taking a job in a Leningrad publishing house she lourishes well and soon becomes head typist Sofia Petrovna lives a simple life without There is becomes head typist Sofia Petrovna lives a simple life without There is acting in this novella I don t mean that this was cinematic exactly I mean that I
was able to see each character And there were a lot of characters in that Russian wayThis is aable to see each character And there were a lot of characters in that Russian wayThis is a about The Great Purge Sofia Petrovna is a doctor s widow and a true believer She trains to be a typist after her husband dies because everyone must work Her son joins the Komsomol Sofia Petrovna advances is spotlighted as an idealAnd then one by one she sees people exposed as
"saboteurs tried and convicted People she knows to be good and "tried and convicted People she knows to be good and Soviets Her son tooBut to get back to the acting There s a woman at work We never hear her speak Yet we know her intimately Another doctor s wife is introduced to us Her eyesHER EYEStell us all we need to know and Even Sofia Petrovna evolves rom na vet to doubt to something beyondYes this book may In My Own Words fill a gap in an understanding of the Communist system But the acting is brilliant Andor my ellow booknerdsI picked this up off the 2 clearance shelf largely because I really liked the other two European Classics series books I read The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin and The Sins of Childhood and Other Stories This is really a spectacular series and ever expanding And I m hooked A book that in many ways captures the general state of The Great Terror of 1930 s Soviet Russia Sofia Petrovna is also a haunting tale of a woman who has lost everything and clings to hope in spite of it A dark story the book explores a vast multitude of characters but it s Sofia herself whose rapidly changing life is the most interesting When peopl. Ht up in the maelstrom of the purge she joins the long lines of women outside the prosecutor's office hoping against hope or any good news Confronted with a world that makes no moral sense Sofia goes ma. The story essentially a 120 page novella takes place in Leningrad in 1939 40 A widow who works or a publishing house heads up a typing pool and has a college age son Her son is her pride and joy An Engineer Who Even Has His Picture engineer who even has his picture Pravda Vida Roubada for an inventionBu this is the era of paranoia renunciations and recriminations known as the Great Purge under the Soviet leader Stalin Suddenly her life turns upside down Her son isalsely accused of anti Soviet activities He is imprisoned and apparently sent to Siberia She can t Jogging Round Majorca find out where he is or if he is even alive She waits in linesor hours each day trying to get a letter or ood or money to him nothing Once word gets out that her son is in prison she loses her job and even her neighbors turn against her alsely accusing her of stealing communal ood and uel because they want her apartment From waiting hours each day in different offices in crowds
On Steps Her Legs Turnsteps her legs turn stumps and she has to live with a caneview spoiler She only has two riends a young man who is a Meadowland friend of her son and a woman she works with The son sriend is At Sixes And Sevens falsely accused too and imprisoned and her womanriend Gagged falsely accused at work kills herself with poison Now she is totally alone hide spoiler Lydia Chukovskaya s powerful short novel on the Stalin purges Iound eually as ascinating as say Solzhenitsyn s A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich but the big difference here is Sofia Petrovna takes place not in some ar away labour camp but right in the heart of Leningrad Chukovskaya writes not only about the tragedy of a The Shadow Writer family but also that of a whole people caught up in the terror Sofia Petrovna the central character is widowed with a son Kolya a good student who she is very proud of and Sofia Petrovna is Lydia Chukovskaya'sictional account of the Great Purge Sofia is a Soviet Everywoman a doctor's widow who works as a typist in a Leningrad publishing house When her beloved son is caug.