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The Gates Of Hell

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A Magnificent Novel
that sweeps from the Russia of the Revolution through the horrors of the Purges and the Second World War, to the inner tensions and complex realities of the Soviet Union today

A Towering Hero
Whose passion for Russia was his birthright, whose conscience was formed in the crucible of the Gulag, and whose genius and courage defied the awesome power of the So...more
Hardcover, First Edition (U.S.), 409 pages
Published October 1st 1975 by Random House, Inc.
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The life of a Russian writer from the Revolution when he was a small boy to the time of Brezhnev when he is exiled. Stages of the writer's life alternate with the "present day" preparatins of Andropov, head of the secret police, for a Politburu meeting. The story develops well and the characters feel credible. The best feature is how it felt in those days both for dissidents and guys like Andropov, and how it changed over time. The writer believes for most of the book that things went to hell wh...more
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Interesting- fiction set in the time after the Russian revolution. The story of a Russian boy as he grows, ages. He gets arrested and imprisoned for much of his life, ultimately becoming a writer. A peek into communism/socialism of the early 20th century.
Details of life in the Stalinist era of the former Soviet Union come to life through the eyes of a dissident writer. This is a tense and riveting read.
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Harrison E. Salisbury was a long time reporter and editor at The New York Times. Earlier in his career he had worked for the United Press, which he joined after earning a B.A. at the University of Minnesota in 1930. He began his career in journalism as a part-time reporter for the Minneapolis Journal during 1928-29. Although he served in many different positions and places during his long career a...more
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