Grey is the color of hope

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Knopf, Sep 12, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 355 pages
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A Soviet poet now living in the U.S. recounts her arrest and imprisionment for "anti-Soviet" writings and her four years of sub-zero isolation cells and an inadequeate diet in Siberia

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User Review  - Debra - Goodreads

It's shameful that I was worrying over the next release from Duran Duran or A-Ha while Mrs. Ratushinskaya was in prison, starving for human rights. It's mind-blowing that a person could be so strong. Read full review

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User Review  - Dawn - Goodreads

Just too depressing for me at this time, I have read plenty WWII survivors, just don't want to endure another one right now. Read full review

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About the author (1988)

Born in Odessa, Ratushinskaya received a physics degree at the university, worked as a teacher, and was involved in the human rights movement. In 1980, her request to emigrate from Russia was denied. Two years later, she was arrested for writing and disseminating "anti-Soviet poetry" and was treated very harshly---given a term in a strict-regime camp, to be followed by internal exile. Her brutal camp experiences included solitary confinement, but throughout she continued to write, recording in her poems and diaries the horrors of the Gulag. Ratushinskaya was released in 1986 on the eve of the Reagan-Gorbachev summit in Reykjavik and allowed to go to England, where she now lives.