Svetlana Allilueva

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(1059) Allilueva, Svetlana Iosifovna (1926-2011). “20 Pisem Drugu” (“Twenty letters to a friend”).

Original typescript, 1st copy. 111 pages. 22cm. Hardbound. 1964-66.

These letters were written in the summer of 1963 in the village of Zhukovka outside of Moscow over 35 days. They recount the memories of her father, who also happened to be the Father of Nations, Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin. The letters tell of her life in the Kremlin and are dedicated to the memory of her mother.
When in 1966 Allilueva travelled to India for the burial of her third husband she became persona non grata in the USSR and the possibility of returning to her native country was closed off to her for ever. Her book, which was a sensational hit and has been said to have brought her USD$2.5 million.
In the preface to the 1967 edition Allilueva writes that she has edited the modified certain aspects to the text which, in 1963, she circulated among friends. Comparisons between the two texts show that this samizdat was typed from the earlier text.

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