9780813323749

Bitter Waters

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  • ISBN13:

    9780813323749

  • ISBN10:

    0813323746

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-08-13
  • Publisher: Westview Pr

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Summary

One dusty summer day in 1935, a young writer named Gennady Andreev-Khomiakov was released from the Siberian labor camp where he had spent the last eight years of his life. His total assets amounted to 25 rubles, a loaf of bread, five dried herrings, and the papers identifying him as a convicted "enemy of the people." From this hard-pressed beginning, Andreev-Khomiakov would eventually work his way into a series of jobs that would allow him to travel and see more of ordinary life and work in the Soviet Union of the 1930s than most of his fellow Soviet citizens would ever have dreamed possible. Capitalizing on this rare opportunity,Bitter Watersis Andreev-Khomiakov's eyewitness account of those tumultuous years, a time when titanic forces were shaping the course of Russian history.Later to become a successful writer and editor in the Russian emigre community in the 1950s and 1960s, Andreev-Khomiakov brilliantly uses this memoir to explore many aspects of Stalinist society. Forced collectivization, Five Year Plans, purges, and the questionable achievements of "shock worker brigades" are only part of this story. Andreev-Khomiakov exposes the Soviet economy as little more than a web of corruption, a system that largely functioned through bribery, barter, and brute forceand that fell into temporary chaos when the German army suddenly invaded in 1941.Bitter Watersmay be most valuable for what it reveals about Russian society during the tumultuous 1930s. From remote provincial centers and rural areas, to the best and worst of Moscow and Leningrad, Andreev-Khomiakov's series of deftly drawn sketches of people, places, and events provide a unique window on the hard daily lives of the people who built Stalin's Soviet Union.

Author Biography

Gennady Andreev-Khomiakov was imprisoned as a teenager in Soviet Russia in 1926 and released in 1935. During World War II, he was a German prisoner of war and did not return to the Soviet Union at war's end. He later served as coeditor of the Novyi Zhurnal (New Journal) and chief editor of Mosty (Bridges). Ann E. Healy is a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and the author of Russian Autocracy in Crisis: 1905-1907. She is currently writing a book about the Jewish issue in U.S.-Russian relations.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction ix
A Second Birth
1(26)
Leaving the Netherworld
1(3)
First Steps
4(4)
Freedom
8(2)
Restless Neposedov
10(3)
More Tricks of Fate
13(5)
A Fateful Summons
18(4)
Neposedov's Misadventures
22(5)
Squeezing Credits from Trees
27(12)
The Socialist Intrusion
27(3)
The Rationalization of Lumbering
30(3)
An Unsystematic System
33(4)
Timber Graveyards
37(2)
Wrenches in the Words
39(18)
Not Far from Moscow
41(3)
The Captains Confer
44(3)
Launching the Offensive
47(3)
The Secret of Our Success
50(2)
Celebration in the Factory
52(5)
Private Initiative, Socialist Reward
57(24)
Neposedov's Toy
57(1)
Not Everything in Technology Has Its Place
58(3)
A Night's Lodging
61(4)
Where There Is a Will, There Is a Way
65(4)
All-Union Grease
69(4)
Big and Little Schemers
73(8)
The Art of Socialist Accounting
81(24)
Riding the Peaks and Through
81(4)
People Cannot Be Trusted
85(4)
Against the Rules
89(3)
Tricks of Bookkeeping
92(4)
Stalin's Mistake
96(3)
Humanity in Bedlam
99(6)
Sabotaged by Success
105(22)
New Misfortunes
105(3)
Useless Agonizing
108(3)
Frama on the Vilyuika
111(7)
An Expensive Proposal
118(4)
Old Acquiantances
122(5)
Strom Clouds Gather
127(26)
Anticommunists Building Communism
130(4)
The Communist Yoke
134(4)
Engineers of Chattel
138(4)
At an Impasse
142(4)
More Predators
146(7)
The Invasion
153(32)
What Awaits Us?
157(3)
In the West and the East
160(3)
The Breakdown of Order
163(3)
In Every Direction
166(5)
What Do the Germans Want?!
171(6)
At Their Posts
177(5)
Farewell to Moscow
182(3)
Biographical Sketch: Gennady Andrew-Khomiakov 185(4)
Notes 189(6)
About the Book 195

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