January 27, 2012
In 1951, 18-year-old Alla Reyf joined the ranks of Soviet citizens whose lives were transformed — never for the better — by a nighttime knock on the door. Written decades later in Canada, Where We Buried the Sun relates Tumanov’s time in the Soviet gulag system. After 15 months of solitary confinement in Moscow’s Lefertovo prison, she was sentenced to 25 years in the gulag. Tumanov was one of the lucky ones — two of her fellow arrestees, also teenagers, were executed. It is at once a chilling and moving read.