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Natalia Savkina

Translated by Simon Morrison

 

 

Dedicated to the blessed memory of my grandparents, Ivan Vikentyevich and Mariya Semyonovna Ostroukh, and to the memory of their pre-teen daughter, who died in the Gulag, and to the millions of other families who were mutilated and slaughtered during the Bolshevik repressions.

Every Happy Family…1

1 The opening words of Lev Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina, slightly altered.

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