For me, this was a very chilling, compelling, sad, touching and moving story of life in the Soviet Union over several decades. There were not a lot of happy times in this tale. There was, however, a lot of loss.
A man whose job it is to take enemy's faces out of pictures or to keep Stalin's face looking young? Then he is forced to admit he is a spy and then when he doesn't do so, he is taught Polish with the words that say "yes I am a spy". A lot of propaganda in this book.
For the most part, I enjoyed reading this book, however, sometimes I did have trouble with who was telling the story. I'm not sure if that's because I'm just tired or what. I see a lot of five star reviews and have to believe that it's just me. There are a lot of fascinating eye opening stories included in this book. I have to believe that although it's fiction that it's not far from the truth.
I want to thank the publisher for this free book in exchange for an honest review.