The Forsaken: My Latest Read

Did you know that during the Great Depression, thousands of Americans packed up, sold their possessions, and struck out on their own to start new lives… in Soviet Russia?

Yes, it is true. The book I’m currently reading, The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin’s Russia by Tim Tzouliadis tells the story of Americans who went to Russia in search of something better, only to be arrested and killed along with their Russian compatriots in Stalin’s Great Terror. (I’m still at the beginning of the book, so I haven’t yet read the details of what will happen to them in the late 1930s.) So far, the book is fascinating and I’m greatly enjoying it.


3 thoughts on “The Forsaken: My Latest Read

  1. Have you read “The Bronze Horseman” by Paullina Simons – basically a (fictional) story about the relationship between a Russian girl from Leningrad and the son of American Communists who moved to Russia in search of a better life in the 1920s/30s. Very moving read.


  2. Ok… I suppose that we all have our opinions: I lived in Moscow for a year and had a fabulous time. To me, Russia (and life there) was not awful at all, the best word to describe it would be fascinating.


    1. I completely agree with you. I’ve spent a grand total of about three days in Moscow (my whole trip to Russia lasted about three weeks, so I’m happy I got to see loads of other stuff, but I wish I could have spent more time in Moscow) and I would seriously go back in a heartbeat, i.e. right this very minute.


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