IN THE REVIEW

Beasts and Men

Faithful Ruslan: The Story of a Guard Dog

by Georgi Vladimov, translated by Michael Glenny
The Cast: Ruslan, a watchdog, honorable member of the revolutionary police, and (as his name connotes) brave Russian knight. The Boss, a secret police agent. The Top Boss, the commanding officer of the camp. Trezorka, member of the common people Auntie Styura, member of the common people Potyorty, a former …

The Truth About Yugoslavia

The Yugoslavs

by Dusko Doder
Perhaps the greatest pleasure of my three months-old stay in the United States has been the appearance of this new book about Yugoslavia by Dusko Doder, correspondent for The Washington Post. And this is because since the time of my arrival I have not ceased to be amazed at the …

From ‘The Yawning Heights’

(The following passage is translated from the opening section of Aleksandr Zinoviev’s The Yawning Heights.) The building of the Ibanskian school for military pilots, IVASP, is universally believed to be the most beautiful and majestic in the whole Ibansk housing development. Stamps depicting it can be seen even in countries …

Stravinsky’s Svadebka (Les Noces)

I. Avant-Propos (R. C.) Svadebka (Les Noces) ranks high in the by no means crowded company of indisputable contemporary master-pieces. That it does not immediately come to mind as such is attributable to cultural and linguistic barriers and to the inadequacy, partly from the same cause, of performances. For Svadebka …