Five Sisters is a collection of memoirs written by five women involved in the Russian revolutionary movements of the 1870s:
- Vera Figner
- Vera Zasulich
- Olga Liubatovich
- Praskovia Ivanovskaia
- Elizaveta Kovalskaia
For those uneducated in the struggle of revolutionaries during this period, the book gives an insider’s look into how these movements came about and operated. In addition to seeing the politics internal to the various movements, the memoirs include detailed accounts of what Kovalskaia calls “conspiratorial practices.”
It’s a generally good read, and I actually enjoyed learning more about the various revolutionary groups trying to assassinate the tsar. Although I would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in Russian history, it is not one that I would keep on my bookshelf.