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Punishment

Dan Jacobson, 15 September 1983

Final Judgment: My Life as a Soviet Defence Lawyer 
by Dina Kaminskaya, translated by Michael Glenny.
Harvill, 364 pp., £12.95, August 1983, 0 00 262811 2
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Memoirs 
by Petro Grigorenko, translated by Thomas Whitney.
Harvill, 462 pp., £15, April 1983, 0 00 272276 3
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Notes of a Revolutionary 
by Andrei Amalrik.
Weidenfeld, 343 pp., £12.50, July 1983, 0 297 77905 2
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... more directly political in the way they went about things, and they suffered more in consequence. Andrei Amalrik was hardly back from his first period of banishment (described in his earlier book, Involuntary Journey to Siberia) when he resumed his wicked ways: demonstrating, meeting foreign correspondents, attending controversial trials, or at least ...

When did your eyes open?

Benjamin Nathans: Sakharov, 13 May 2010

Meeting the Demands of Reason: The Life and Thought of Andrei Sakharov 
by Jay Bergman.
Cornell, 454 pp., £24.95, October 2009, 978 0 8014 4731 0
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... War. The surprise of foreign observers was not lost on the dissidents themselves. As one of them, Andrei Amalrik, put it, it was as if an ichthyologist had discovered talking fish. Suddenly there were natives inside the closely guarded Soviet aquarium who could not only speak, but speak their own minds. Smuggled texts found their way to the West, where ...

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