When eight-year-old Ania is sent to stay with her grandmother for the summer holidays, she finds a house full of strangers and a grandmother who pretends not to know her. Ania only returns home six years later.
THE CULT IN MY GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE
Autobiography about childhood in an elite and illegal totalitarian cult in the USSR, dedicated to raising super-humans immune to any illness.
The book is translated from Russian to English by Stephanie Droop
THIS IS A BOOK ABOUT ADULTS BETRAYING THE CHILDREN IN THEIR CARE
FROM THE AUTHOR
“I used to get annoyed when friends and acquaintances questioned me about my childhood. Every time I started to answer, someone would immediately interrupt me, and from their very first question it was clear they didn’t believe me.
For many years I didn’t know how to talk about the cult. On one hand, it seemed to contain something great, brilliant and necessary for all humanity. On the other hand, there was a constant whisper inside me that no, something wasn’t right… Until I had a daughter, I attributed this vague misgiving to ignorance; it was more convenient to think I was simply not intelligent enough to understand the full depth and true meaning of what went on. But then my daughter was born, and when she reached the age at which I entered the cult, I suddenly, and to my own surprise, completely revised my attitude to what had gone on there and to the people connected with it.
It must be said that my husband understood from the second sentence of my story that I had been in a cult. I needed almost 40 years.”
The Stolbun’s cult has been supported for 40 years by the world-famous children's author Eduard Uspensky, known as the one who made up Cheburashka.
WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
“I want to tell you about my experience and how my way of thinking has changed. How at first I was delighted with the ideas promoted by the cult of Viktor Davydovich Stolbun, and how then I realised what was really behind them.
My story is about at what price a person learns to think, not so much critically as independently. It is not difficult to criticise, but the ability to find the best solutions requires not only a good education, but also a lot of courage.
This is a story about how much ignorance costs us. It is about how not to bring up children. It is about what happens in the soul and psyche of a small child. I want to tell the truth, the truth about a cult that did not disappear with the collapse of the USSR, that larger “cult” which had made it all possible.
I want to tell the truth, as true as any memory or life experience can be.
This book is not fiction. It contains only facts from the childhood I spent in a cult.
For many years I held an internal discussion about whether it was worth publishing this truth. I kept expecting one of the “adults” would do it — after all, I was a child when I was there. But no one came forward, and the cult continues to exist to this day in the very centre of Moscow. Even in Switzerland, where I now live, there are followers of Stolbun’s “teachings”.
Now it is headed by another person, Vladimir Vladimirovich Streltsov, the son of Stolbun’s wife, and its members actively promote themselves on Russian social networks and continue to attract new clients. Previously, they “treated” mainly alcoholism, drug addiction and schizophrenia, but now they also say they treat tuberculosis.
There is a lot of information on the Internet, but it is scattered and sometimes fundamentally incorrect. I decided to collect between the covers of one book what I know myself, using people’s real names.”
THE AUTHOR MANAGED TO FREE HERSELF FROM THE PUPPETMASTER'S GRIP, BUT HIS APPALLING ACTIVITIES CONTINUE TO THIS DAY
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
IT WARNS US TO BE WARY OF ANYONE WHO CLAIMS TO BE "SAVING THE WORLD", AND CONTAINS TOOLS TO IDENTIFY A CULT BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE
Gripping memoirs with a universal message
MASS MEDIA RESPONSE
(translated from Russian by Google)
Although Stolbun's activities were banned and a criminal case was brought against him, many influential people in the country sent their children to the commune for "treatment" and supported it financially and through connections. Among them were E. Uspensky, R. Bykov, V. Shainsky, Y. Golovanov, party functionaries, scientists and many others.
About the Author
Anna Sandermoen was born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, then a part of the Soviet Union, in 1974 and spent the first years of her life there. Her grandparents were exiled to Dushanbe during the Stalin era and founded the state university there.The family moved back to Leningrad where she went to her first year in school. When Anna was only 7 years old, her parents sent her to a "commune", where she was in isolation from her parents for almost 6 years - until she was 13-year-old. Anna has written an autobiographical book about her life in the so-called commune, which actually was a cult. The book is titled "The Cult in My Grandmother's House." In 1987 she returned from the cult back to her parents in Leningrad. A few years later her family moved to live in Moscow.
Anna has graduated from the Philosophy Faculty of Moscow State University, and also studied at the School of Translators at the Intourist of the USSR in the departments of English, French and Spanish.
Since 2014 Anna is living in Switzerland with her husband and daughter. She is the founder and managing director of Sandermoen Publishing, a publishing company with the purpose of publishing books about partnerships, cultural differences, immigration, business- and management literature. Sandermoen Publishing has also specialized in bilingual books in Russian and other languages like English, German and French.
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When eight-year-old Ania is sent to stay with her grandmother for the summer holidays, she finds a house full of strangers and a grandmother who pretends not to know her. Ania only returns home six years later. This autobiography is about childhood in an illegal cult in the USSR, involving the scientific and creative elite of the Soviet Union. The cult's leader, V. D. Stolbun, claimed to be raising a breed of superhuman immune to any physical or mental illness. Any totalitarian cult is built on a strict hierarchy and is controlled entirely by its leader, whose only motive is power. This is a book about adults betraying the children in their care. It warns us to be wary of anyone who claims to be "saving the world", and contains tools to identify a cult before it is too late.The author managed to free herself from the puppetmaster's grip, but his appalling activities continue to this day.