Just Send Me Word is a true love story based on 1,246 letters smuggled in and out of the Pechora labour camp between 1946 and 1955. The letters were exchanged between Lev Mishchenko, a prisoner in Pechora, and Svetlana Ivanova, his girlfriend in Moscow.
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Praise for Just Send Me Word:
“This powerful narrative by a distinguished historian will take its place not just in history but in literature” (Robert Massie)
“A poignant record illuminating the experiences of the millions who suffered untold miseries in Stalin’s grinding system of repression – and throughout the history of Russia as a whole. But, more than anything, this is a book about love … as fascinating and inspiring as it is heartbreaking; a unique contribution to Gulag scholarship as well as a study of the universal power of love, as relevant now as it was then. It is impossible to read without shedding tears” (Simon Sebag Montefiore, Financial Times)
“Electrifying, passionate, devoted, despairing, exhilarating … a tale of hope, resilience, grit and love” (The Times)
“Remarkable … moving… possesses extraordinary value … a notable contribution to Gulag literature” (Max Hastings, Sunday Times)
“Immensely touching … [a] heartening gem of a book” (Anna Reid Literary Review)