Books: The Truth from Fools

THE WAYWARD COMRADE AND THE COMMISSARS (143 pp.)—Yurii Olesho—New American Library (35¢).

Boris and Yurii have a great deal in common, but they probably do not discuss it, even though, in the Writers' House on Moscow's Lavrushinsky Lane, they have apartments on the same floor. Boris Pasternak has been in serious trouble because of his Nobel Prize and the deep, Christian doubts he raised about Marxism in Doctor Zhivago (TIME, Dec. 15, 1958). Yurii Olesha's own run-in with the commissars goes back about three decades. The big difference between them is that Pasternak seems...

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