Rosemary Sullivan - Author

About the Author

Rosemary Sullivan has written poetry, short fiction, biography, literary criticism, reviews and articles. Her recent books include the critically acclaimed Villa Air-Bel and Labyrinth of Desire. She is a professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, and has been awarded Guggenheim, Camargo, and Trudeau Fellowships. She is a recipient of the Lorne Pierce Medal awarded by the Royal Society of Canada for her contribution to Literature and Culture, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Featured books by Rosemary Sullivan

Stalin's Daughter The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva

Stalin's Daughter The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva

Author: Rosemary Sullivan Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/06/2016

Who was Svetlana Alliluyeva? A little girl, her father's only daughter, his little sparrow ; instructed to bury her secrets in her heart by her mother, who shot herself soon after. An observer as her relatives were mercilessly killed and her first love exiled. A woman who tore through relationships with men, joined and abandoned various religions, and became the most famous defector to the United States. The victim of an inescapable truth: You are Stalin's daughter...You can't live your own life. You can't live any life. You exist only in reference to a name.

Other books by Rosemary Sullivan

Stalin's Daughter The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva

Stalin's Daughter The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva

Author: Rosemary Sullivan Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/06/2016

Who was Svetlana Alliluyeva? A little girl, her father's only daughter, his little sparrow ; instructed to bury her secrets in her heart by her mother, who shot herself soon after. An observer as her relatives were mercilessly killed and her first love exiled. A woman who tore through relationships with men, joined and abandoned various religions, and became the most famous defector to the United States. The victim of an inescapable truth: You are Stalin's daughter...You can't live your own life. You can't live any life. You exist only in reference to a name.

Stalin's Daughter

Stalin's Daughter

Author: Rosemary Sullivan Format: eBook Release Date: 04/06/2015

`Compassionate and compelling, this is not a political story but a quest for love in the heart of darkness' Simon Sebag Montefiore`A biography on an epic scale, with a combination of tragedy and history worthy of a Russian novel' Independent`Superbly well told' Sunday TimesWho was Svetlana Alliluyeva?A little girl, her father's only daughter, his "e;little sparrow"e;; instructed to bury her secrets in her heart by her mother, who shot herself soon after.An observer as her relatives were mercilessly killed and her first love exiled.A woman who tore through relationships with men, joined and abandoned various religions, and became the most famous defector to the United States.The victim of an inescapable truth: "e;You are Stalin's daughter. . . . You can't live your own life. You can't live any life. You exist only in reference to a name."e;

Stalin's Daughter The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva

Stalin's Daughter The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva

Author: Rosemary Sullivan Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/05/2015

Winner of the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Non-Fiction A New York Times Notable Book of 2015 A painstakingly researched, revelatory biography of Svetlana Stalin, a woman fated to live her life in the shadow of one of history's most monstrous dictators - her father, Josef Stalin. Born in the early years of the Soviet Union, Svetlana Stalin spent her youth inside the walls of the Kremlin. Communist Party privilege protected her from the mass starvation and purges that haunted Russia, but she did not escape tragedy - the loss of everyone she loved, including her mother, two brothers, aunts and uncles, and a lover twice her age, deliberately exiled to Siberia by her father. As she gradually learned about the extent of her father's brutality after his death, Svetlana could no longer keep quiet and in 1967 shocked the world by defecting to the United States - leaving her two children behind. But although she was never a part of her father's regime, she could not escape his legacy. Her life in America was fractured; she moved frequently, married disastrously, shunned other Russian exiles, and ultimately died in poverty in Spring Green, Wisconsin. With access to KGB, CIA, and Soviet government archives, as well as the close cooperation of Svetlana's daughter, Rosemary Sullivan pieces together Svetlana's incredible life in a masterful account of unprecedented intimacy. Epic in scope, it's a revolutionary biography of a woman doomed to be a political prisoner of her father's name. Sullivan explores a complicated character in her broader context without ever losing sight of her powerfully human story, in the process opening a closed, brutal world that continues to fascinate us.

Villa Air-Bel

Villa Air-Bel

Author: Rosemary Sullivan Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/11/2007

The Franco-German armistice, signed in June 1940 following the German invasion of France, called on the Vichy government to surrender on demand all refugees considered enemies of the Third Reich. Suddenly, thousands of artists, scientists and other intellectuals feared for their lives. The Emergency Rescue Committee, based in New York, compiled a list of two hundred people it considered the most endangered, including artists and writers Andre Breton, Max Ernst and Benjamin Peret. The committee sent Varian Fry to set up its headquarters in Marseilles, with the aim of helping these artists to escape. A number of them were sheltered at the Villa Air-Bel. Amidst the chaos and terror of wartime France, the villa became an oasis of calm, and a centre of creativity. Rosemary Sullivan explores the diaries, memoirs and letters of the individuals involved as she uncovers their private worlds and the web of relationships they developed. Central to her task is to understand what it must feel like to move from freedom to occupation: to feel threatened, administered, restrained. Villa Air-Bel brilliantly dramatizes the slow, relentless process by which ordinary lives were turned into lives lived in terror. In the end every artist in the house, as well as two thousand others, found asylum outside of France through the courageous intervention of Fry and his committee.

Cuba Grace Under Pressure

Cuba Grace Under Pressure

Author: Rosemary Sullivan, Malcolm David Batty Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2005

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