Books: Witness to Evil

TWENTY LETTERS TO A FRIEND by Svef-lana Alliluyeva, translated from the Russian by Priscilla Johnson McMillan. 256 pages. Harper & Row. $5.95.

She lived in a castle and her father was a loving but stern king. Then her mother, like a beautiful young queen, suddenly died. All the jolly relatives disappeared. The nice servants left, and the new ones carried guns. Gradually she grew up, puzzled and estranged. The king turned into a distant ogre, the castle into a dungeon, and life into hell. Much later, no longer a princess but still a Little girl at the age of 37, she tried...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!