Fear (The Arbat Trilogy, Vol 2)
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Fear (Arbat Tetralogy #3)

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In this sequel to his international bestseller Children of the Arbat , Rybakov picks up the story of Sasha Pankratov and his friends from Moscow's fashionable Arbat district as Josef Stalin launches the reign of terror that saw millions of Soviet citizens arrested, exiled or shot for counterrevolutionary activities. Exiled to Siberia in the previous n...more
Hardcover, 686 pages
Published 1992 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 1987)
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This is another big-ass Russian novel, with close to 700 pages and a huge cast of characters spread across a good chunk of the old Soviet Union, from Siberia to Moscow to Kaliningrad. It is the second novel of a trilogy, the first entitled Children of the Arbat, which I read in 2008 not even knowing it was part of a trilogy. Sequel or not, Fear is so good that I plan to move on to the third novel, Dust and Ashes, some time in the coming year.

Anataly Rybakov took his chances writing these works d...more
As the continuation of Children of the Arbat, Fear dives right into the heart of the Great Terror in the Soviet Union. I didn't however, think that it was as good, or even had the same sense of urgency as Children of the Arbat. I was annoyed at the focus on Stalin as the second main character next to Sasha, and I felt that the stories and fates of characters that we spent a lot of time getting to know in Children of the Arbat got sidelined as a result, and you learn developments about some of th...more
Zvi Jonathan
The Arbat Saga continues and , together with greats such as Arthur Koestlers 'A Darkness At Noon' Vassily Grossmans 'Forever Flowing'and the works of Solzhenitsyn ,the Orwellian terror of the Stalin years in the Soviet Union been captured so accurately. The true characters of some of the people who we met in Children of The Arbat are revealed. Sasha Pankratov becomes a wiser,more cynical man who finally realises the nature of the Communist society in Russia. Varya Ivanova blooms into a remarkabl...more
Читать всю трилогию. Рекомендуется кто интерисуется историей ссср. Читается очнь легко, прочел на одном дыхании в отпуске. Видно что автор очень хорошо прочувствовал описываемый период. Изложение последовательное. Культ личности Сталина и всего полит. аппарата того времени а так же обвчного народа описан подробно и красочно.
Stalins pursuit of a Party cleansing is under way and woe betide those who, through bad timing or bad placement, get "caught", arrested, tried, and either shot or sent to the camps.
All this at the same time the original group of students are growing up into their own. Yuri as NKVD, Sasha post-exile, Varya afar, Vadim navigating a world of art through state oppression. How these stories are weaved through with the peaking paranoia of Stalin is a feat and Rybakov wrote with such vividness that it...more
To be clear, I read the English translation, Fear, which is the second installment in Rybakov's Arbat trilogy. It's much darker than the first installment, as the early 30s slide into the heart of the purges and uncertainty of the years right before WWII. As with the first installment, the getting inside of Stalin's head was a distraction for me, and the characters seem thinner and more archetypal than in the first novel (even knowing their backgrounds). Still, however, a Russian novel in the hi...more
Iosif Vissarionovch Stalin was a strange and frightening person. But some of his decisions, goals and political actions have become clearer for me after reading this volume. And the laborious atmosphere of the soviet reality that time - the book is worse reading if only for it.
Simon Spanyol
Perhaps I have just read too many biographies of Stalin and accounts of life inRussia during the purges?
I found the pace of art 2 of this trilogy was a bit slow -I guess as it is partly autobiographical it may reflect a long & slow moving art of Rybakov's life
Continuing the saga of Sasha Pankratov, the Russian student unjustly arrested in 1934, this novel interweaves his exile in Siberia and eventual return to the madness of Stalin's Great Purge with the effects of the reign of terror on his friends in the Arbat.
Nov 25, 2008 Rick rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Recommended to Rick by: Bought from Micronesian Seminar Office
Sent shivers down my spine!! The evils of absolute power is never as clear to me than this.
Mikhail Baskov
Year 1937 can always come back. If you are careless enough...
Vol.2 to 1937. Fear is an accurate name for this book
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Anatoly Naumovich Rybakov (Russian: Анатолий Наумович Рыбаков ; January 14, 1911 – December 23, 1998) was a Soviet and Russian writer, the author of the anti-Stalinist Children of the Arbat tetralogy, novel Heavy Sand, and many popular children books including Adventures of Krosh, Dirk, Bronze Bird, etc. One of the last of his works was his memoir The Novel of Memoirs (Роман-Воспоминание) telling...more
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