Books: Soviet Sinners

THE PLEASURE FACTORY by Valeriy Tarsis. 224 pages. John Day. $4.95.

In The Bluebottle, a 1962 novel about an intellectual's disenchantment with contemporary life in Russia, Valeriy Tarsis mercilessly unstitched the britches of Soviet Communism—and let the whole world watch them come down. For slipping the book out of the country and having it published abroad, Tarsis was sent to the loony bin. After six months he was released and in 1965 came Ward 7 (also shipped out and published abroad), in which Tarsis made it clear that only in a madhouse can a Russian speak his mind. This time he was...