An extraordinary piece of international survival literature, joining the likes of Primo Levi and Anne Frank.
In 1941, 14-year-old Dalia and her family are deported from their native Lithuania to a labour camp in Siberia. As the strongest member of her family she submits to sixteen hours a day of manual labour. At the age of 21, she escapes the Gulag and returns to Lithuania. She writes her memories on scraps of paper and buries them in a glass jar in the garden, fearing they might be discovered by the KGB. They are not found until 1991, four years after her death.
This is the story Dalia buried. The immediacy of her writing bears witness not only to the suffering she endured but also the hope that sustained her.
It is a Lithuanian tale that, like its author, beats the odds to survive.
‘There is only one word to describe this book: Extraordinary. It blew me away when I first read it in German translation. Dalia’s account goes far beyond a memoir.
This is an outstanding piece of literature which should be read by anyone who wishes to understand the Soviet repression.’ Meike Ziervogel, Peirene Press Publisher
‘A distressing historic document and a work of great significance.’ Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Dalia Grinkevičiūtė (1927-87) was born in Kaunas, the former capital of Lithuania. She spent her teenage years in a Siberian Gulag. At 21 she escaped and returned to her home country
only to be seported to Siberia once again 1951. She was released five years later, then studied medicine. Grinkevičiūtė’s writings ar now placed firmly in the Lithuanian canon.