(From the publisher):
Sofia Petrovna is Lydia Chukovskaya's fictional account of the Great Purge. Sofia is a Soviet Everywoman, a doctor's widow who works as a typist in a Leningrad publishing house. When her beloved son is caught up in the maelstrom of the purge, she joins the long lines of women outside the prosecutor's office, hoping against hope for good news. Confronted with a world that makes no moral sense, Sofia goes mad, a madness which manifests itself in delusions little different from the lies those around her tell every day to protect themselves.
Original title: Софья Петровна / Опустелый дом [Sofia Petrovna / Opustelyi dom]
Alternative titles: The Deserted House
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Regional Interest
- This was originally published abroad with the title "The Deserted House", which was later restored to "Sofia Petrovna" along with some other textual corrections.