CEERES of Voices: Julia Alekseyeva - "Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution" - Hillary Chute

Friday, November 10, 2017

6:00-7:30 pm

Seminary Co-op Bookstore 

5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Chicago, IL 60637


CEERES of Voices presents Julia Alekseyeva on Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution. She will be joined in conversation by Hillary Chute.


Presented in partnership with CEERES and the Department of Comparative Literature.


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About the book: 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. This is the story of Julia Alekseyeva and her great-grandmother Lola, two extraordinary women swept up in the history of their tumultuous times. 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), a lieutenant for the Red Army, and later as a refugee in the United States. 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.


For more information see: https://www.semcoop.com/event/ceeres-voices-julia-alekseyeva-soviet-daughter-graphic-revolution-hillary-chute