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Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva
Written by Rosemary Sullivan
Published by HarperCollins Publishers


 

Combining exacting research with brilliant storytelling, Rosemary Sullivan tells us what it means to be the daughter of Joseph Stalin. As terrifying and mystifying as Stalin was to the Soviets and to the rest of the world, he was doubly so to Svetlana. The result for her was, of course, tragic. The achievement of Rosemary Sullivanís Stalinís Daughter is that in this portrait we see the inescapability of tyranny, when the tyrantís rule is not only political but also personal.

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From the Publisherís Summary: Stalinís Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, depicts the many lives of Josef Stalinís daughter to form a riveting portrait of a woman who fled halfway around the world to escape her birthright. Protected from the mass starvation and murder her father inflicted upon Russian citizens, Svetlana was not immune to tragedy. She lost her mother to suicide, and her fatherís merciless purges claimed relatives and her lover (who was exiled to Siberia). After her fatherís death, Svetlana shocked the world by defecting to the United States at the height of the Cold Waróleaving behind two children. There, she found only more heartbreak. No matter how much distance she put between her past and her present, she could not undo the emotional and psychological damage her father had wrought. With access to FBI, CIA, and Russian state archives, as well as the close cooperation of Svetlanaís daughter, Sullivan has created a masterful literary biography that is epic in scope, yet narrated with remarkable intimacy.

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Rosemary Sullivan

has written poetry, short fiction, biography, literary criticism, reviews, and articles, and has edited numerous anthologies. Her biography of Gwendolyn MacEwan, Shadow Maker, won the Governor Generalís Award, the UBC Presidentís Medal for Canadian Biography, and the Toronto Book Award. An Officer of the Order of Canada, she lives in Toronto.