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Emily Johnson is an associate professor of modern languages at the University of Oklahoma. She is the author of a forthcoming book about correspondence from the Gulag.
A literary quest brings life to the story of Latvian journalist Arsenii Formakov, an imprisoned poet who yearned for Motherland and freedom.
Even in the bleak world of Soviet labor camps, people wrote letters. A remarkable cache shows one prisoner’s struggle—to be remembered, and to survive. By Emily Johnson.