Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution

Soviet Daughter provides a window into the life of a rebellious, independent woman coming of age in the USSR, and the impact of her story and her spirit on her American great granddaughter, two extraordinary women swept up in the history of their tumultuous times.This is the story of Julia Alekseyeva and her great grandmother Lola Born in 1910 to a poor, Jewish family outSoviet Daughter provides a window into the life of a rebellious, independent woman coming of age in the USSR, and the impact of her story and her spirit on her American great granddaughter, two extraordinary women swept up in the history of their tumultuous times.This is the story of Julia Alekseyeva and her great grandmother Lola Born in 1910 to a poor, Jewish family outside of Kiev, Lola lived through the Bolshevik revolution, a horrifying civil war, Stalinist purges, and the Holocaust She taught herself to read, and supported her extended family working as a secretary for the notorious NKVD which became the KGB and later as a lieutenant for the Red Army Interwoven with Lola s history we find Julia s own struggles of coming of age in an immigrant family in Chicago, and her political awakening in the midst of the radical politics of the turn of the millenium.At times heartbreaking and at times funny, this graphic novel memoir unites two generations of strong, independent women against a sweeping backdrop of the history of the USSR.
Soviet Daughter A Graphic Revolution Soviet Daughter provides a window into the life of a rebellious independent woman coming of age in the USSR and the impact of her story and her spirit on her American great granddaughter two extrao

  • Title: Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution
  • Author: Julia Alekseyeva
  • ISBN: 9781621069690
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution”

    1. This was a fascinating graphic memoir about the Jewish experience in Ukraine and Russia post Revolution and then during WWII. Told from the perspective of the author (modern day) and her life as it intertwined with that of her great-grandmother. I'll definitely keep an eye out for more graphic novels from this press!

    2. This is a graphic memoir and biography that is also was many memoirs are, a history of the time. What time? Julia Alekseyeva's great-grandmother Lola lived to 100 years, and died fairly recently, so the time span is an inviting 100 years. Both Lola and Julia are spirited and independent, though you really don't get very much compelling information about Julia, which we read in interludes from Lola's decade-by-decade story. I like the idea of the back and forth storytelling, but the story of Juli [...]

    3. 5 stars +++A horrendously gripping graphic novel. A nonfiction historical memoir of Khinya Ignatovskaya (Lola), written by her great grand-daughter Julia Alekseyeva.“Lola had written a memoir and instructed us not to read it before she died. What lay inside was astonishing. This is the story held within her memoirs, growing up over the course of the 20th century. In between each chapter of Lola’s life, you will find a short slice of my own 21st century coming of age. It’s a story of our tw [...]

    4. Soviet Daughter is a compelling biography of a young Jewish woman who grew up in Russian during the early part of the century. It's always fascinating to see examples of women living independently in the past when that is not a narrative that gets much attention in our history lessons. Lola was the eldest daughter of a large family, and one of the few to survive the war and pogroms of the era. She married more than once, had boyfriends, raised a daughter on her own, and worked all throughout her [...]

    5. I was floored when I read my ARC of Soviet Daugther. Each page is bursting with authenticity. It starts with the subject matter, taken from the author's great-grandmother who actually lived in the USSR from its early golden years and endured the struggles of WWII. And follows through with the hand drawn images adorned with beautifully expressive inkwashes.The novel also tells a unique story that links together two generations, one from the 20s and the other from the 00's. The author shows how th [...]

    6. A compelling and harrowing story of the life of the author's great grandmother. The art style didn't quite work for me. It is dark and blurry, and I found it a bit of a strain to visually follow the narrative.

    7. 3.5 -ish stars. Maybe closer to 4. I'm not really sure how to review this book. On the one hand, Lola's life - all 100 years of it -- is fascinating and inspiring. And the genesis of the book -- Lola's memoirs and family photos, compiled and drawn by Lola's great-granddaughter Julia -- also lends this book a high level of interest for me. I thought the graphic format, almost like a scrapbook, worked very well to convey the feeling of Lola's memoirs as family history first, and then as a very per [...]

    8. I feel bad giving this such a low rating. I thought the grandmother's story was interesting and at times moving, and I appreciate how much the author loved her and wanted to honor her. The problem is that the art was really not for me, to the point that it distracted me from the things that I liked.

    9. A surprisingly positive view of the author's great-grandmother's life in Soviet Russia. As a secretary for the NKVD, she seems to have avoided or been oblivious to the various purges, massacres, and gulags that we often find synonymous with the rule of Stalin. Most of her family was killed, but by Germans during the two world wars, or by non-Russians for being Jewish. The family eventually immigrated after Chernobyl. The author's constant interludes about growing up in America break up the flow [...]

    10. This is a graphic novel memoir about two women. Lola is Julia’s great grandmother who lived to be one hundred. She wrote a memoir which Julia found after Lola’s death. Julia decided to use the money that Lola had left her to produce this book. Lola lived through the history of the Russian revolution and the Stalin era. The book shows the parallel lives of Lola and Julia. Julia was closer to her great grandmother than to any of her other relatives. Julia’s life is shown in a series of inter [...]

    11. I really want to like this book, butI don't. I'll start with the good and that is the great-grandmother's story. It was interesting and enlightening. It's worth it to read this book for that. I absolutely hated the interludes. They took you away from the grandmother's story and I could care less about the author after reading them. It would make sense to do an interlude if it was relevant about what was going on in the main story, but they weren't. They are mostly the author complaining about he [...]

    12. I just finished reading this, it was actually a recommendation from my mom (who heard about it on the radio) and our local library didn't have it so she requested it and like magic they ordered it! So you can now check this out through the Santa Clara County library system, hooray!Because it is definitely worth reading! I haven't read a lot of graphic novels (really just Nimona and some of the Sandman series) but I really loved this. It made me want to read more graphic novels and see what I've [...]

    13. I've always been a sucker for a good autobiographical graphic novel, and this one is no exception. This will appeal to fans of Fun Home and Persepolis. The narrative is brisk and the no-nonsense tone, with its utter lack of self-pity, underscores the resilience of the women in this tale. A perfect read on Women's Day!

    14. I was in tears after reading this book. I feel this is a story we can all relate to regardless of whether our great grandmother was a soviet revolutionary or not. Microcosm publishing never disappoints.

    15. I'm really glad I read this graphic novel. This helped me take a look and learn about how life in Russia was for many during the 20th century. I never really learned much about Russian history in school and I'm glad I was able to read Lola and Julia's story. The illustrations really added to Lola's memoir and helped me understand her life better. Was a really great read!

    16. Two stories woven together - one of the author's grandmother coming of age in the USSR, and the other of the author finding similarities in personality and experiences.I loved the historical element. A glimpse at life in the Soviet Union in the mid-20th century.I did not care as much for the autobiographical element. It was interesting, but the stories of her grandmother would have stood well on their own.

    17. Basically, this graphic novel combines the story lines of the life of a grandmother and granddaughter. While the grandmother is totally fascinating and all the events in her life make for a thoughtful story, the granddaughter is quite unremarkable and, in my humble opinion, should have given the grandma the true central role that she deserved.

    18. So very Microcosm. Isn't Communism the best? I suppose so. Clearly a labor of love, a story of the author's great-grandma and the author's own journey to being a political person in her own right, inspired by that journey. Soce? Soviet Russia was weird, man. It's weird to believe in a cause that in so ways takes your life and even betrays you. And then inspires your great-grandkids to give themselves to a cause that might well do the same. A bit starry-eyed. Politics, man. That's what I learned. [...]

    19. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE! Any student who can handle the language and the war illustrations should absolutely read this graphic novel. This would be a great companion novel for Audacity. Awesome read for anyone 14+Language: F word used several times, other strong language occasionallyViolence: Illustrated but not with overly graphic detailSex: implied but not detailedDrugs: alcohol references

    20. Wild times to live through and learn more about (wasn't aware the Chechens collaborated with the Nazis), but not sure of the ending's themes which feel a bit out of left field, particularly the interest in communism.

    21. There is a big story (with a lot of heart) in this little book. Very nicely done and touching. I recommend it.

    22. Soviet Daughter by Julia Alekseyeva intertwines the 100-year life of Alekseyeva's great-grandmother, Lola, starting at the turn of the 20th century (1910), and Julia's life, starting with the immigration of her family from Ukraine to Chicago (1992). As the brutal events of the 20th century rip apart Lola's family, young Julia struggles to fit in as a foreigners, an immigrant, and a Jew in Chicago. Having difficulty connecting to her mother or her grandmother, both of whom suffer from what I call [...]

    23. This sounded like an interesting book. I had heard about it on Tumblr earlier this year. I happened to find a copy of it at my local used book store so I didn't hesitate to pick it up. These are the two life stories of two women, whose stories are interwoven together. The author, Julia, is the great granddaughter of Lola, who is the heroine who survives life in the soviet union for seven decades from before the Russian Revolution to Chernobyl, which is what finally persuades Lola's family to mov [...]

    24. What I liked most about this book was the obvious love the author had for her great-grandmother. I think using the money her grandmother left to her to tell her story was a beautiful and fitting tribute to their relationship. I also found the parallels and intersections between the two generations interesting. The drawing was super sketchy, and I assume this was the author's first attempt at a graphic novel. The type was sometimes blurry, pictures were cropped weird, the images were almost a lit [...]

    25. What an amazing memoir!Great-grandmother has far more in common with her great-granddaughter does with her own mother. It's to this wise woman full of stories of her life that help shape her into the young woman she is today.When Great-grandmother dies at the admirable age of 100, the great-granddaughter gets her memoirs, and Julia Alekseyeva also receives the remains of Great-Grandmother's money, $5,000, which she used to write this book.I hope I have a clarity of vision and the perfect period [...]

    26. This was so dull that reading it was a chore. And the murky art, awash in grays to cover the awkward linework, was a chore to view. The historical segments had some passably interesting information about life in the Soviet Union, but the modern day interludes seemed totally unnecessary and self-indulgent. Oddly, one of the modern segments tried to humorously portray the author in a criminal act as she dictates her mother's election day selections literally inside a voting booth, which I suppose [...]

    27. A compelling story told by a great granddaughter about her great grandmother who she loved dearly and with whom she felt a true connection. The great grandmother's story was fascinating and told the story of 20th century Russia through the eyes of and intelligent and independent Jewish woman trying to survive and raise her children during many difficult years.The most poignant part was that it wasn't until she died that Julia, the author knew her great grandmother's stories and understood how mu [...]

    28. Really enjoyed this slim graphic memoir of the author's great grandmother who survived WWI, WWII and the Stalin regime to reach the ripe age of 100. Julia Alekseyeva inherited her great-grandmother's papers and chose to draw the story of her life, alternating with brief vignettes from her own life, and in doing so gives us a glimpse into what it was like to grow up Ukrainian during a tumultuous time in history. This memoir is a homage to a strong woman whom the author felt closest to in personal [...]

    29. Lola, Julia's great-grandmother, is much more than she seems, but Julia only learns her true history when she dies at 100 years old, and leaves a memoir behind, to be read after her death. This book, is the story of that memoir, interwoven with Julia's story, a 20th century woman and a 21st century woman. This is the story of a woman growing up first in Russia, then the Soviet Union, and then coming to the United States.It is a fascinating look at how the Soviats treated their women, and how wom [...]

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