Defending Leningrad

Kazimiera J. (Jean) Cottam, PhD

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Genre - War Memoir

This book includes a remarkable diary of an ordinary Soviet middle-class teenager named Ina Konstantinova, who was transformed by the outbreak of the war and death of her boyfriend. Unlike Anne Frank, the most famous teenage author of a WWII diary, Ina was to die fighting, after she ran away from home to become a partisan and avenge her boyfriend's death. At times Ina served alongside her father; his poignant "Story of a Daughter" complements her diary. Ina's parents were both teachers and members of Soviet intelligentsia. Her comrade-in-arms Masha Poryvayeva, caught and executed by the enemy, was of a working class background.

About the Author

Published since 1972 and member of the Writers' Union of Canada and Ottawa Independent Writers. In 1999 was awarded the prestigious Mary Zirin Prize by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies, affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.

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