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Grey is the Colour of Hope - Irina Ratushinskaia

Hodder & Stoughton, 1988, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Pages lightly age-tanned.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps [1];

From the cover: “Grey is the Colour of Hope is the gripping account of a young woman’s experiences in the brutal conditions of a Soviet labour camp. Only twenty-eight years old when she was imprisoned for her poetry, Irina Ratushinskaya was already regarded as a leading writer of her generation, in the line of Mandelstam and Pushkin. She nearly died from maltreatment and a series of protest hunger strikes.

Yet it is an extraordinary story of hope, in which Irina Ratushinskaya’s unerring sense of justice and a deep personal faith sustained her and the women dissidents she lived with in the Mordovian camp’s notorious ‘small Zone’, an area reserved for ‘especially dangerous’ political criminals.

Together, the women built for themselves a life of selfless courage, order and mutual support. Grey is the Colour of Hope is as much their story as Irina’s. With faithful attention to detail and surprising moments of humour, Irina Ratushinskaya’s continuously gripping narrative culminates in her unexpected release. It came as the result of intense pressure from the Western media, political and church sources, and the petitions of countless individuals who were deeply moved by the poet’s courageous struggle.

Fluently translated by her friend and interpreter Alyona Kojevnikov, Information Director of Keston College in Kent, Grey is the Colour of Hope contains some of Irina Ratushinskaya’s previously unpublished poems.”


Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 286 pages.
£6.50

This one has already found a new owner.