Books: Public Murder Day

ON TRIAL translated and edited by Max Hayward. 183 pages. Harper & Row. $4.95.

The world will be an infinitely safer place when the self-conscious Soviets grow up enough to accept genuine criticism. That they have not done so is amply documented in this transcript of the trial last February of two Russian "underground" writers accused of slandering the Soviet system (TIME, Feb. 18). Andrei Sinyavsky and Yuli Daniel, both 40 and both widely read, had been smuggling pseudonymous manuscripts to the West since 1956 under the names Abram Tertz and Nikolai Arzhak....

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