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Claire Comstock-Gay

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Claire Comstock-Gay’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine’s The Cut, and The Toast. You can find her on Twitter @MmeClairevoyant.
The Girl from the Metropol Hotel, Russian writer Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s memoir of her childhood, opens with a series of events that will sound familiar to anyone with a basic knowledge of Soviet history: in the 1930’s, her grandmother’s siblings and their spouses, all prominent Bolsheviks, were arrested in Moscow. Officially sentenced to “ten years of hard labor without the right to correspondence,” they were never seen again. The rest of the family escaped arrest...

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