Manuscripts Don't Burn

For me this book is also a postscript to Andrei's memoirs. I was their initiator and, later, typist, editor and nursemaid. I had to do everything as the nursemaid -- to make sure the manuscript survived and became a book and reached its readers -- and to tell that story alone would call for another volume of memoirs or perhaps a mystery book; but the time for that has not come.

Andryusha worked on his memoirs in Gorky, periodically rewriting sections. Not because of the author's severity or the grumblings of his first reader, first editor and first typist (all of...

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