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First published posthumously in 1987 during the post-glasnost rise of literary freedom, Disappearance is a work of earlier times. Originally begun in the 1950s, this novel of childhood moves back and forth between 1937 and 1942, two troubled years in Soviet history when the disappearances of family and friends during the Stalinist purges and the Second World War become reg ...more
Paperback, 181 pages
Published January 13th 1997 by Northwestern University Press (first published 1991)
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Karlo Mikhail
Yury Trifonov wrote the autobiographical novel Disappearance on and off for a period of twenty years. The novel, about a boy growing up during the turbulent years of 1937 and 1942, was not published until six years after Trifonov’s death in 1987.

Contrary to the stereotype of the Soviet-era writer as epitomized by the figures of Nabokov, Pasternak, or Solzhenitsyn, Trifonov curiously did not fit the usual image of the émigré or underground writer. Among his contemporary writers, Trifonov had more
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Chris
Trifunov's novel, which was begun in the 1950s and only published in 1987, was unfinished when he passed away in 1981. This may account for some of the difficulty I had in following the narrative at times - whether this was a characteristic of his writing or something that would have been remedied with further editing, I don't know. That said, the incompleteness of the novel, both in terms of the narrative and in its editing/polishing, works to great effect - in a book about the Stalinist purges ...more
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Yury Valentinovich Trifonov was a Russian writer. He was a leading figure of the Soviet "Urban Prose".
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