COMMUNISM: Two Victories for the Word

Illicit presses roll in Poland; banned writing blooms in China

Writers sometimes prevail over conformity and thought control in the Communist world. In Poland, where the relatively liberal government imposes an elaborate system of censorship, dissident writers are courageously risking retribution to produce a flourishing underground literature. In China—the most repressive of Communist nations—several long-banned novels and poems have begun to reappear in print. Although some of the authors had succumbed to the savagery of China's recurrent anti-intellectual campaigns, others had survived to witness this small but significant victory for the word....

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