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White Nights

Penelope Fitzgerald

11 October 1990
In the beginning 
by Irina Ratushinskaya, translated by Alyona Kojevnikov.
Hodder, 320 pp., £14.95, March 1990,
... and sentenced to ‘perpetual exile’ in 1953, Ratushinskaya was born in 1954, Pasternak died in 1960, Tvardovsky printed One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich in Novy Mir in December 1962. In 1966 Sinyavsky and Daniel were tried and sentenced. Ratushinskaya was playing truant from junior school on the beaches of Odessa and neither heard nor cared about these things. Twelve years later, together with ...

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