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.