Roses from Stalin (Las rosas de Stalin)

My name is Svetlana Alliluyeva. I was born on February 28, 1926. My father died in 1953. His name was Joseph Stalin.

Stalin’s favorite, his only daughter had a rough awakening at 16 years old. She discovered her mother had died of suicide, not natural causes, and her father was a ruthless dictator.

Her first love was sent to the gulag by her father. She later fell passionately in love with an Indian communist to whom she was not allowed to marry nor were they allowed to leave the Soviet Union together. When he died, she could travel to India with his ashes where she applied, and was granted, political asylum at the US embassy, leaving her two kids behind in Moscow. Her arrival to the US, in the height of the cold war, stirred the waters even more. In America, she made a fortune with her famous book Twenty letters to a Friend, but a religious sect robbed her of everything.

A detailed retelling of a life choked by the shadow of her father in a desperate search of a way to live her own identity “The ones ask me to behave like the daughter of a great statesman and the others hate me for been the daughter of a mass killer”


RELEVANT INFORMATION: Monika Zgustová’s biographical novel is original, exciting and full of twists and turns.

Given that Stalin is a well-known character, the audiovisual adaptation of his dauthert’s story is surely to be a great success among the audience.

The author has done a thorough research in order to write her novel; she visited archives and talked to Svetlana’s friends and colleagues in Moscow, Princeton and New York. The novel, written in the third person, is based on Stalin’s daughter’s real life story and depicts the private life of this “strange woman” –who leaves her children behind in Moscow–, caught in the crosshairs of history.


LANGUAGES AVAILABLE: Czech, Spanish and Catalan.

POTENTIAL FORMATS: TV Series, Miniseries, Film, TV Movie.

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