Russia: The Case Against Brodsky

Since Nikita Khrushchev put a chill on the "thaw" in Russian letters last year, Soviet artists and writers have slowly, gradually been working back toward the level of relatively free ex pression that reached its high point with Poet Evgeny Evtushenko's mass readings in Mayakovsky Square. Recently, however, intellectuals have once again felt the cold wind of literary conservatism. This time it blew not on a politically outspoken, widely published writer, but rather on one of Russia's many literary "abstainers" — ostensible amateurs whose works are circulated by hand, thus precluding their...

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