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Author Sullivan, Rosemary, 1947- author.

Title Stalin's daughter [OverDrive electronic resource] : the extraordinary and tumultuous life of Svetlana Alliluyeva / Rosemary Sullivan.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Harper, 2015.
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Summary "The award-winning author of Villa Air-Bel returns with a painstakingly researched, revelatory biography of Svetlana Stalin, a woman fated to live her life in the shadow of one of history's most monstrous dictators--her father, Josef Stalin. Born in the early years of the Soviet Union, Svetlana Stalin spent her youth inside the walls of the Kremlin. Communist Party privilege protected her from the mass starvation and purges that haunted Russia, but she did not escape tragedy--the loss of everyone she loved, including her mother, two brothers, aunts and uncles, and a lover twice her age, deliberately exiled to Siberia by her father. As she gradually learned about the extent of her father's brutality after his death, Svetlana could no longer keep quiet and in 1967 shocked the world by defecting to the United States--leaving her two children behind. But although she was never a part of her father's regime, she could not escape his legacy. Her life in America was fractured; she moved frequently, married disastrously, shunned other Russian exiles, and ultimately died in poverty in Spring Green, Wisconsin. With access to KGB, CIA, and Soviet government archives, as well as the close cooperation of Svetlana's daughter, Rosemary Sullivan pieces together Svetlana's incredible life in a masterful account of unprecedented intimacy. Epic in scope, it's a revolutionary biography of a woman doomed to be a political prisoner of her father's name. Sullivan explores a complicated character in her broader context without ever losing sight of her powerfully human story, in the process opening a closed, brutal world that continues to fascinate us. Illustrated with photographs"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Family Tree -- Preface: Stalin's Daughter -- The Defection -- Part I: The Kremlin Years -- That Place of Sunshine -- A Motherless Child -- The Hostess and the Peasant -- The Terror -- The Circle of Secrets and Lies -- Love Story -- A Jewish Wedding -- The Anti-Cosmopolitan Campaign -- Everything Silent, As Before A Storm -- The Death of the Vozhd -- PART II: The Soviet Reality -- The Ghosts Return -- The Generalissimo's Daughter -- Post-Thaw -- The Gentle Brahmin -- On the Banks of the Ganges -- PART III: Flight to America -- Italian Comic Opera -- Diplomatic Fury -- Attorneys at Work -- The Arrival -- A Mysterious Figure -- Letters to a Friend -- "Scoundrely" Behavior -- Only One Year -- The Taliesin Fiasco -- The Montenegran's Courtier -- Stalin's Daughter Cutting the Grass -- A KGB Stool-Pigeon -- Lana Peters, American Citizen -- The Modern Jungle of Freedom -- Part IV: Learning to Live in the West -- Chaucer Road -- Back in the USSR -- Tbilisi Interlude -- The American Reality -- Never Wear A Tight Skirt If You Intend to Commit Suicide -- My Dear, They Haven't Changed a Bit -- Final Return.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. New York HarperCollins 2015 Available via World Wide Web.
Subject Allilueva, Svetlana, 1926-2011.
Children of heads of state -- Soviet Union -- Biography.
Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953 -- Family.
Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953 -- Influence.
Soviet Union -- History -- 1925-1953 -- Biography.
Immigrants -- United States -- Biography.
Defectors -- United States -- Biography.
Genre Electronic books.
Added Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
ISBN 9780062206145 (electronic bk.)
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