Tartary - The region that is home to Eugenia Ginzburg and her family.
Black Lake - A lakeside resort town, which is the location of a Soviet secret police barracks.
Butyrki Prison - The nightmarish place to which Eugenia Ginzburg, Julia Karepova, and hundreds of other convicted women are sent.
Kolyma - A forced labor camp located in Siberia.
Elgen - A remote forced labor camp where Ginzburg is ultimately sent and nearly dies.
Moscow - The capital of Soviet Russia.
Fish Bone Needles - Prisoners use these to mend clothing.
Sugar - Prisoners are given two cubes of this a day.
Money - In some prisons, like Butyrki, prisoners may receive this from their relatives.
Paper - This can be purchased from the prison stores..
Clothing - The women carefully tend and mend this as it is in short supply in prison.
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