Grey Is the Colour of Hope by Irina Ratushinskaya hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Hodder & Stoughton, 1988, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps ;
From the cover: Grey is the Colour of Hope is the gripping account of a young womans 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 Ratushinskayas unerring sense of justice and a deep personal faith sustained her and the women dissidents she lived with in the Mordovian camps 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 Irinas. With faithful attention to detail and surprising moments of humour, Irina Ratushinskayas 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 poets 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Director of Keston College in Kent, Grey is the Colour of Hope contains some of Irina Ratushinskayas previously unpublished poems.
Good+ in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine. Price Clipped. Previous owners’ inscription to the first blank. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine.
286 pages. 9½” x 6¼”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… (added to my Biography category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…