RUSSIA: Jackals with Fountain Pens

Tough writers are seldom tough guys, but Alexander Fadeyev was an exception. His early novels are Russian-style westerns, full of galloping hooves and gun battles against terrible odds, simple taciturn heroes who figure that the only way to give an order is to snap yes or no. Fadeyev himself lived this kind of life as a Soviet guerrilla during the civil war, and he believed that if it was not yes it must be no. Later, when it became his job to ride herd on Soviet literature for Dictator Stalin, tough Fadeyev made...

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