World: A Letter to Anatoly Kuznetsov

WHILE Soviet authorities threatened Alexander Solzhenitsyn with exile, Anatoly Kuznetsov, a voluntary defector to Britain, was facing criticism from fellow authors in the West. In the U.S., Playwright Lillian Hellman has accused Kuznetsov of cowardice for waiting until he was abroad before protesting against Soviet censorship. Novelist William Styron has reproached Kuznetsov for not remaining silent after his defection. Kuznetsov's own publisher in Britain observed that "decisions taken in states of emotion are generally the wrong ones." Kuznetsov replied to one of his critics that his old apartment in the city of Tula was now vacant. "Let him go and try...

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