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Being grounded in love : the history of one Russian family, 1872-1981

Uniform Title
Utverzhdenie v li︠u︡bvi. English
Being grounded in love : the history of one Russian family, 1872-1981 / by Maria A. Shelyakhovskaya ; translated by Christina E. Petrides and Maria A. Selyakhovskaya.
Bloomington, Indiana : Three String Books : Slavica Publishers, 2023.
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xlvi, 450 pages, 38 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 23 cm
"Leo Tolstoy claimed that all happy families resemble one another; many in the West believe that all Russians are equally miserable. Maria (Gruzdeva) Shelyakhovskaya's book, Being Grounded in Love: A History of One Russian Family, 1872-1981, challenges both such simplistic notions. Being Grounded in Love is a tale of a couple coping intelligently with major events which shaped the Russia of today, including the Stalinist purges, the bloody fight between the Red Army and the Nazi military, and the postwar struggle to realize the "Soviet Dream." Gruzdev family members penned hundreds of letters and diary entries which Maria used to form a story that reads like a novel in letters. Replete with references to Russia's best poetry and prose, her book shows the toll of wartime separations and other trials, and reveals values that Russians continue to hold dear"-- Provided by publisher.
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November 20, 2023
Includes bibliographical references.
A note on transliteration and translation
Primary translator's acknowledgements
Introduction: the historical backdrop of a family saga
Preface: a family portrait against the background of an epoch
Prologue: our debt to memory
Three generations of the Gudzyuk-Gruzdev family
Chapter 1. The Orthodox state: revolution ahead
Chapter 2. The first years of Soviet power: to Ushakov's Dictionary
Chapter 3. Love
Chapter 4. The prewar years: life between two fires
Chapter 5. The beginning of the war. June-December 1941
Chapter 6. The war. 1942
Chapter 7. The war. 1943
Chapter 8. The war. 1944
Chapter 9. The end of the war. 1945
Chapter 10. Late 1940s: wounds of war and wounds of peacetime
Chapter 11. 1950s: the midpoint of Soviet history
Chapter 12. 1960s: through our generation to the next
Chapter 13. 1970-71: the last months with mama
Chapter 14. 1972-81: "when I will be with her"
Epilogue. Our lessons
Glossary of words and abbreviations
Endnotes for foreign readers.

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