Twenty Letters to a Friend: A Memoir

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Harper Perennial
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5.3 X 8.0 X 0.6 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author
Svetlana Iosifovna Alliluyeva (1926-2011), later known as Lana Peters, was the youngest child and only daughter of Joseph Stalin and Nadezhda Alliluyeva. In 1967, she defected and became a naturalized citizen of the United States. She returned briefly to the Soviet Union in 1984, but then moved back to the United States and died in Wisconsin in November 2011.

"Fascinating, revealing, profoundly human, and significant.... The letters move relentlessly on through deepening tragedy, dark happenings, and deaths." -- Los Angeles Times, ORIGINAL EDITION

"Svetlana...has considerable literary talent." -- Elizabeth Hardwick, New York Review of Books, ORIGINAL EDITION

"Compelling reading from first page to last.... To be Stalin's daughter and to remain human is an admirable accomplishment, and this remarkable book, written with grace and human compassion, is a testimony to a remarkable woman." -- Houston Post, ORIGINAL EDITION

"She is a shrewd observer of character, and her analysis of her father's chillingly convincing.... Has an unexpected power to stir speculation and to evoke a strange but vitally significant era." -- Baltimore Sun, ORIGINAL EDITION

"Fascinating from the first page to the last.... A rich and absorbing memoir.... An illuminating and haunting portrait... Stalin comes vividly to life.... To be Stalin's daughter and to remain human is itself admirable." -- New York Times Book Review, ORIGINAL EDITION

"It is a testament which, someday, one must hope, Russians will be free to read--and will then be grateful to Svetlana Alliluyeva for the witness she has so courageously and movingly borne." -- Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., The Atlantic, ORIGINAL EDITION