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A Voice from the Chorus (1973)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0300061196, Paperback)Andrei Sinyavsky, who writes under the pseudonym of Abram Tertz, has been called by Saul Bellow "one of the most intelligent, most original, and most brilliant of contemporary writers." A noted Russian dissident, he was incarcerated from 1966 to 1971 in Soviet forced-labor camps for allowing some of his most satirical writings to be smuggled out of Russia and published in the West. This extraordinary literary work is Sinyavsky`s prison memoir. Based on letters to his wife, the diary includes Sinyavsky`s meditations on religion, sex, art, literature, and myths, the inner world to which he removed himself to escape from the degradation of prison. Interjected into these thoughts, however, are random snatches of prisoners` conversations--a "chorus" of their tales, legends, songs, and curses that evoke the horror and spiritual desolation of their existence. The result is at once an oblique evocation of prison life, a celebration of literature and art, and a tribute to the endurance of the human spirit. Originally published in 1976, A Voice from the Chorus is now available with a new preface from the author. Reviews of the original edition:"An enormously rich and stimulating collection of reflections, vignettes, and brief essays. An eloquent testimonial to the human spirit and the will to survive."--Publishers Weekly"Ranks with the famous testimonies Dostoevsky and Solzhenitsyn dispatched from their `houses of the dead.` This writer`s diary has a haunting, totally affecting quality, holding the reader with the astuteness of its comments on art and character and the exemplary, strangely serene spirit with which Sinyavsky accepted his terrible fate. A memorable and unique document."--Kirkus ReviewsAndrei Sinyavsky writes fiction, essays, and criticism under the name Abram Tertz. He now teaches at the Sorbonne. His book Strolls with Pushkin was recently translated into English and published by Yale University Press.
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