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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Review: Grey is the Color of Hope

User Review  - Amy Callahan - Goodreads

You would think this book MUST be depressing. The account of women imprisoned in Gulag era USSR. However, I found it oddly inspiring. The women support each other, share resources, and survive all ... Read full review

Review: Grey is the Color of Hope

User Review  - Goodreads

You would think this book MUST be depressing. The account of women imprisoned in Gulag era USSR. However, I found it oddly inspiring. The women support each other, share resources, and survive all ... 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.