Books: A Sop to Cerberus

SILENCE by Yuri Bondaryev. 254 pages. Houghfon M/ffl/n. $4.95.

Russia is a Cerberus that grows more than 3,000,000 heads a year, many of them hungry for truth. The Soviet leaders appease this appetite with huge helpings of technological and scientific fact, but when it comes to political truth, they either stonily ignore the demand or cynically toss a sop to Cerberus.

As sops go, Yuri Bondaryev's Silence is an especially cynical one. It was tossed to the Russian public at a time (1962) when Khrushchev was touching up his image as a liberalizer. It is tossed to the U.S. public at a time...

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