Russia: No Help from Svetlcma

Secretive as a salesman of obscene postcards, the visitor from Moscow scuttled from one London publisher to another showing his wares. But publisher after publisher turned him down—and with good reason. Not that his price was too high. Indeed, he was asking for no money at all. And his manuscript was certainly topical: it was a copy in Russian of Svetlana Stalina's memoirs. Reason for the publishers' turndown: they all knew that the legal rights to the book had already been sold for a record $3,200,000 to other U.S. and British publishers, who plan to bring it out in...

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