Soviet Union: Notes from Underground


"Even the most liberal God offers only one freedom of choice: to believe or not to believe. Communism offers just about the same right. If you don't want to believe, you can go to jail—which is by no means worse than hell.

—Abram Tertz, On Socialist Realism.

If you could believe the rumors racing through Moscow's literary under ground last week, the man who wrote those words was himself in a place no worse than hell—the Lubianka prison. "Abram Tertz," the pseudonymous critic of the Soviet system, had for more than six years eluded the Kremlin's wrath while smuggling...

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