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A Graphic Revolution

by Alekseyeva, Julia

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, two extraordinary women swept up in the history of their tumultuous times.

This is the story of Julia Alekseyeva and her great-grandmother Lola. 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) and later as a lieutenant for the Red Army. 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. Like Sarah Glidden in How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, or Marjane Satrapi in Persepolis, Alekseyeva deftly combines compelling stories of women finding their way in the world with an examination of the ties we all have with our families, ethnicities, and the still-fresh traumas of the 20th century.

Born in the former USSR and raised in Chicago, Julia Alekseyeva is an author-illustrator as well as an academic. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at Harvard, specializing in the avant-garde and film practices in France, Japan, and the former USSR.

Julia has received press from publications such as Reuters, The New York Times, and Bloomberg Business for illustrating the first graphic novel legal brief, submitted as an amicus brief in U.S.A. vs. Apple. She has lived in Kiev, Chicago, New York City, Paris, Cambridge, Kanazawa, and Yokohama, and currently lives in Brooklyn with her partner.

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This is a book to read now and a creator to watch into the future.


Soviet Daughter is a labor of love, a memoir, a personal history, and a political history—an achievement of both visual and written storytelling. But what elevates Alekseyeva's work even further is its relevance to today's political climate.

Review: The Rumpus

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