Russia: The Unconquered

Out of Russia each month comes a trickle of contraband manuscripts. Usually handwritten in loose-leaf notebooks by pseudonymous authors, the books are smuggled to Western publishers via an intellectual underground. Last week two of these recently published volumes. Abram Tertz's On Socialist Realism and Aleksandr Sergeyevich Yesenin-Volpin's The Leaf of Spring, gave Western readers a look at Russian intellectuals' bitter disenchantment.

Whores & Hangmen. Already noted for a brilliant satirical novel on Communism. The Trial Begins (TIME, Oct. 3, 1960). the author who hides behind the pseudonym Abram Tertz has been...

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