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Dressed For A Dance In The Snow
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A poignant and unexpectedly inspirational account of women's suffering and resilience in Stalin's forced labor camps, diligently transcribed in the kitchens and living rooms of nine survivors.

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Monika Zgustova was born in Prague and spent her formative years in the United States. She has published five novels, a collection of short stories, a biography, and a play. She currently lives in Barcelona, Spain. Julie Jones is Professor Emeritus of Spanish at the University of New Orleans. She has published widely on the Spanish American writers of the "Boom," with a focus on Bunuel's work in numerous articles for such journals as Cineaste and Cinema Journal.

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"A revelatory attestation to humanity's highest powers." -Foreword Reviews

"Vivid...startling...A worthy addition to the literature of the gulag that also features intimate glimpses of the author of Doctor Zhivago." -Kirkus Reviews

"A woman keeps a secret diary to describe the magnificent Siberian landscape around her. A man chooses to take his violin instead of his coat into exile with him. Prisoners tell one another fairy tales as they work in the mines. In her book, Monika Zgustova offers a perfect gift, the gift of sensitive listening, to her nine narrators, and as we hear their voices, by turns matter-of-fact, poignant, and powerful, we see the darkest years of Soviet history illuminated, again and again, by small yet radiant flashes of humanity, of art, of beauty." -Olga Grushin, author of The Dream Life of Sukhanov

"What extraordinary women and what extraordinary stories are assembled in this unforgettable book. Monika Zgustova brings us the intimate, agonizing experiences of Russia's survivors of the Gulag: history is alive in these pages." -Claire Messud, author of The Burning Girl

"A unique, beautiful, and exhaustive piece of reporting that reads like an exciting narrative full of intrigue...A splendid complement to and continuation of Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago." -ABC Cultural

"Reading Dressed for a Dance in the Snow makes you freeze, and not just from the cold that blows in from the tundra, but also from sheer fear...Zgustova reconstructs, through memories and confessions, the horror experienced by women in the Soviet Union's prison camps." -El Pais

"These testimonies, so cruel and real, have now been turned into a song of freedom." -Agenda Libros

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