Within the Whirlwind

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Within the Whirlwind

By Eugenia Ginzburg
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1981
448 pp. $17.50

The posthumous second volume of Eugenia Ginzburg's memoirs (the first, Journey into the Whirlwind, appeared in 1967) describes her experience of 18 years in Stalin's Gulag archipelago and eloquently chronicles "the cruel journey of the soul." More than an exposé of the prison camp system, it is an impressive and moving literary work. (The translation is from the Russian edition published in Italy in 1979.)

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