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592 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 1977
I look up from the book. In Hakim’s eyes I see the scorn the men of the future hold for the men of yesterday, men to whom today still provides a brief respite before they are branded the betrayers of Hakim’s tomorrows. “Steer clear of the jugglers of concepts and feelings as carefully as you would avoid leprosy and the plague.”
…stiff literary censorship can trim even the greatest of the great down to official size. In our present age of normalization, however, we have come a long way from those wooden cowboy stories from the age of socialist construction, and those clipped geniuses, though the forms have been reduced, now have control of their pens, and no longer simply splatter ink all over the page.
“All of my thoughts are memories.”
“The writer is the engineer of the human soul.” – Joseph Stalin
We live in a world of absurd circumstances, accidental, perhaps the unfathomable caprices of a cruelly jesting GodI find that there is potentially a lot to say about this book, but, at the same time, in its straightforwardness, there might not be much that is necessary.