Books: Very Different Customs

Soviet blacklisters shelve American publishers 'plans

Last week, the day before Moscow's second International Book Fair, Boris Stukalin, chairman of the Soviet state publishing committee, proclaimed that the fair offered "fresh evidence of the . . . implementation of the Helsinki accords ... and the Soviet Union's constant efforts to deepen mutual understanding..."

So much for the dust jacket. Inside the fair was another story. There Western publishers dreamed of reaching millions of new readers with millions of old rubles. Said Robert Baensch, vice president of Harper & Row: "We're planting the seeds, looking for a big future market." But as fast as...

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