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Only One Year

by Alliluyeva, Svetlana

Condition: Very Good/Good

New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, Incorporated BOOK: Previous Owner Markings; Corners, Spine Bumped; Light Shelf Rub to Boards; Edges Moderately Soiled; Slight Yellowing Due to Age. DUST JACKET: 2 cm by 4 cm, 1.5 cm by 2 cm Pieces Missing From Top of Backstrip Area of Jacket; Lightly Creased; Lightly Chipped; Moderate Yellowing Due to Age; In Archival Quality Jacket Cover. BOOK NUMBER: 0112. TRANSLATED FROM THE RUSSIAN BY: Paul Chavchavadze. CONTENTS: I. THE DECISION Last Day in the U.S.S.R.; Brajesh Singh in Moscow; Delhi; The Banks of the Ganges; Delays and Efforts; "American Theme"; There Can Be No Return; The Only Way Out II. INTERLUDE Encounter with the West; A Swiss Diary; We Shall Meet Again; Destiny III. THE NEW WORLD On Another Continent; Confusion; A Stifling Summer; Encounters and Business Matters; Boomerang; Jubilee; The Journey's End; Acknowledgments. SYNOPSIS: The five years that came between the writing of Only One Year and the writing of Twenty Letters to a Friend were, for Svetlana Alliluyeva, years of profound change . . . a long period of perplexity ended abruptly by an act of will: the decision to construct a totally new existence in totally new circumstances. The story of Only One Year began on December 19, 1966, as Svetlana Alliluyeva left Russia for India, on a one month's visa, in the custody of an employee of the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs, carrying the urn that held her husband's ashes. It ended on December 19, 1967, in Princeton, New Jersey, as she and two American friends joined in a toast to her new life in freedom. That year of pain, discover, turmoil, and new hope reached its climax in the decision to break completely with the world of Communism, to turn her back on her country, her children, her friends, and face the unknown world. How and why had she come to that decision? To answer that question is Svetlana Alliluyeva's major purpose in Only One Year. To answer it fully, to make perfectly clear what the free world feels like after the Communist world, she describes in moving, personal detail her daily life in the U.S.S.R.; Stalin, his yes-men, and some of the men now in power (like Kosygin and Suslov); the steadfast and difficult life of the Moscow intellectuals who made up her own close circle and "are still behind those bars . . . without any promise of a better and freer life. Perhaps just the contrary." Twenty Letters to a Friend was written in secrecy for the eyes of a few friends only. Only One Year was written in freedom, without fear, after calm reflection, and addressed to a world of readers. Every page is eloquent of the difference. The style has the impact and spontaneity of speech, now urgent, now relaxed, passionate, dryly humorous, tender. A chilling interview with a Soviet bureaucrat, the streets of Delhi, a village on the banks of the Ganges are swiftly, vividly presented to the reader. And emotions come through with such immediacy that tension builds from page to page. What Svetlana Alliluyeva has set down here about the unchanging basis of the Soviet State, her father, and her own progress toward liberty give this book pre-eminent significance. Beyond that, however, it has the irresistible appeal of one human being's yearning for truth . . . a profoundly touching record, speaking directly to the reader's heart. Only One Year has been translated into English by Paul Chavchavadze, author of Marie Avinov: Pilgrimage Through Hell and other works.. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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