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During the 60's, russian writer André Siniavski secretly published books in the West under the name of Abram Tertz. In GOODNIGHT!, published in 1992, he recalls his 1966 trial when sentenced to a 7 years detention for having published anti-russian books and his life in the camp. The author also remembers moments of his youth, his friendship with a young genius who'll become a stool pigeon of the KGB and his encounter with a french woman who'll help him pass his manuscripts to the West. Fascinating book of a man who has been one of the first Russian dissidents.
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Plot & Themes

Political/social rights fight    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   fighting for free speech/press Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Russian Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes War/Cloak & Dagger story?    -   escaping repressive govt. War/Spying    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   Russian


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Russian Forest?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   prison    -   moving train    -   fort/military installation Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   depressed Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   descript. of female anat. (the big V) Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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