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A Voice from the Chorus

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"Toisinajattelevan" neuvostokirjailijan mietteitä vankileiriltä.

Venäläinen kirjailijanimi Abram Tertz herätti jo 1960-luvun alussa suurta huomiota länsimaissa. Hänen tavanomaisesta neuvostotyylistä poikkeavia kirjojaan käännettiin useille kielille ja hänen luultiin olevan kotimaansa ulkopuolella asuva emigranttikirjailija.
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Published by Interlink Publishing+group Inc (first published 1973)
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Sep 07, 2009 Buck rated it really liked it
I know what you're thinking. 'Another gulag memoir, dude? Really?' But this isn't that kind of book at all. True, the author just happened to spend some time in a Soviet detention facility and just happened to write a book about it, but there the similarities end. This is way, way different from all those other prison memoirs. You can't even call it a prison memoir, really. A more accurate genre designation might be: recollections of a not-happy time in a very not-good place. See, totally differ ...more
Feb 06, 2008 Josh rated it it was amazing
The good angel to the Gombrowicz Diaries' bad one; in it, Tertz actually shows you how to adapt to the limitations of life. The world of the soviet prison system becomes a gigantic machine, whose entire purpose is to provide him with the vision of a sparrow washing itself in a pool of water, or the recognition of how strange and beautiful the word "Kangaroo" is. Diary as how to manual.
Feb 07, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing
“…I like dashes too. But colons are more significant: they indicate the direction of a sentence as it leads into the depths of the text: they introduce an idea perhaps as yet insufficiently clarified, too verbose or diffuse: but roaming in search of its final, definitive expression. And then parentheses I love too - or rather, I constantly feel the need to take refuge in them, going to earth in them at intervals between phrases. Sometimes, apart from parentheses, I am also tempted to enclose thi ...more
Apr 30, 2012 Alan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who can read
Shelves: non-fiction
a great book which came out of the author's incarceration in the Soviet prison system during the 60s-70s for satirical writing he released to the West. It is full of great little chunks of essays, thoughts, aphorisms, comments on life. e.g. 'When you suddenly realize there is nothing to eat you can't help laughing'. What I love though are the voices from the chorus themselves whch are overheard comments from his fellow prisoners, interwoven throughout the book, eg: 'He's so brainy it's enough to ...more
Ted Krever
An amazing work of reportage and philosophy.
Abram Tertz was the pen name of Andrei Sinyavsky, who was sent by Nikita Kruschev to prison camp in Siberia as a dissident writer in the late 50's or early 60's. The book are excerpts from his letters to his wife from the camp. They include details of camp life, the privations the prisoners suffered and the occasional humor that leavened those hardships, as well as the philosophy that grew out of the experience. One line I'll always remember: 'Never li
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Dec 04, 2012 Ak Hauck rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that causes me to read and re-read almost every page. I didn't walk through this book, I crawled as I tried to share the space Tertz occupies as he makes profundities out of the banal.
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a.k.a. Andrei Sinyavsky

Soviet dissident author. With co-defendant Yuli Daniel, the first defendant in a Soviet show trial to plead innocent.
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