Stalin's daughter : the extraordinary and tumultuous life of Svetlana Alliluyeva

by Sullivan, Rosemary, 1947-

Format: Print Book 2015
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Winner of the Plutarch Award for Best Biography

PEN Literary Award Finalist

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

New York Times Notable Book

Washington Post Notable Book

Boston Globe Best Book of the Year

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 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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Stalin's only daughter, his little sparrow, was the object of both doting attention and icy indifference. Even after defecting to the U.S. in 1967, Svetlana remained all her life the political prisoner of my father's name. When she was six, Svetlana lost her mother to suicide; later she lost scores of relatives to death and imprisonment as her notoriously ruthless father did not spare them his tyranny. At 41, after securing permission to travel to India to scatter the ashes of her partner, whom she was forbidden to marry, Svetlana impulsively defected to the U.S. embassy, leaving behind her adult son and daughter. Though Stalin had been dead for 14 years, her defection triggered acrimony and geopolitical maneuverings in both the U.S. and Russia. Her memoir made her rich, but opportunists exploited her, and she died penniless. Sullivan draws on previously secret documents and interviews with Svetlana's American daughter, her friends, and the CIA handler who escorted her to the U.S. for riveting accounts of her complicated life, inside and outside of Russia. Svetlana's letters and family photographs enhance the portrait of a woman tortured by the secrets, lies, and intrigues at the center of her early life as a Kremlin princess and in later years as the object of fascination and scorn as the daughter of the feared Russian dictator.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Svetlana Alliluyeva (1926-2011), Stalin's only daughter, lived an almost impossible life at the edges of 20th-century history. Poet and biographer Sullivan (Villa Air-Bel) masterfully employs interviews, Alliluyeva's own letters, and the contents of CIA, KGB, and Soviet archives to stitch together a coherent narrative of her fractured life. Its first act-Sullivan depicts her lonely existence as the motherless "princess in the Kremlin"-is remarkable enough, but as Alliluyeva slowly came to understand the extent of her father's cruelty, she began to resent the U.S.S.R. and her role in its mythology, abandoning her two children and defecting to America in 1967. In her startling second life, Alliluyeva made a fortune by publishing her memoir, only to lose it through a disastrous marriage orchestrated by Frank Lloyd Wright's widow. Alliluyeva also formed and dissolved countless friendships as she moved nomadically around America and England, even briefly returning to the U.S.S.R., before settling in Wisconsin to live out the rest of her days in anonymity. Readers shouldn't expect insight into Stalin's psyche-he was just as mysterious and mercurial to his family as he is to historians-but Sullivan takes them on a head-spinning journey as Alliluyeva attempts to escape her father's shadow without ever fully comprehending the man who cast it. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Allilueva, Svetlana, -- 1926-2011.
Stalin, Joseph, -- 1878-1953 -- Family.
Stalin, Joseph, -- 1878-1953 -- Influence.
Children of heads of state -- Soviet Union -- Biography.
Immigrants -- United States -- Biography.
Defectors -- United States -- Biography.
Soviet Union -- History -- 1925-1953 -- Biography.
Publisher New York, NY :Harper,2015
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description xviii, 741 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 697-703) and index.
ISBN 9780062206107
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