The writer Mikhail Soloviev is one of the most prominent Soviet writers who chose freedom under incredibly difficult circumstances. This work is a unique and truthful description of the greatest upheaval of our time - the three decades of the Russian Revolution. Essentially, the book is the autobiographical account of the author, Mikhail Soloviev, about his experiences during Stalin's time in the Soviet Union. Through his eyes we see the pain of a generation and the crucifixion of an entire nation. The core of this wonderful book is the author's chosen direction of life and the nation's hopes for the future. The events of Stalin's time are told vividly; in the descriptions of the events, you can already see indications of the future development of the country's history and the solutions of the current Russian leadership. The coercive measures of a government with no regard for human life put Soloviev's love for his country to the test. Hatred of Stalin's regime grows and eventually leads him to choose freedom in the West when the opportunity arises. The work is full of scenes, action and death, passion, and tenderness, it has unforgettable characters and it is illuminated by a humble faith in human dignity and the innermost power of the spirit.