Books: Dreams & Dust (Cont'd)

WHEN THE GODS ARE SILENT (506 pp.) —Mikhail Soloviev—McKay ($3.95).

In his early teens, Mikhail Soloviev served as mascot to Budenny's Red cavalry. Later he was sent to school to be molded into one of Stalin's new Soviet leaders. He became a writer for Izvestia, the government paper, first as Siberian correspondent and then as Kremlin reporter. Soloviev got to know most of the big shots, including Big Brother himself, but when the purges came, he was fired and packed off to an outlying province.

So far his story is routine, his experience like...

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