Memoirs of 1984 by Yuri TarnopolskyMemoirs of 1984 by Yuri Tarnopolsky

Memoirs of 1984

byYuri TarnopolskyContribution byPaul Simon

Hardcover | August 31, 1993

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A former Soviet scientist and political prisoner now living in America, Yuri Tarnopolsky tells the story of his quest to understand Russia. In 1983 he was tried on charges of defaming the Soviet system: he had become a refusenik activist who defended the right to emigrate. He spent the Orwellian year of 1984 in a Siberian labor camp, and he compares Orwell's predictions with reality. As a scientist, Tarnopolsky is interested in broader facts and generalizations. He supports the view that Soviet communism was a natural continuation of Russian history. Tarnopolsky describes the pyramidal structure of Soviet society, its origin, and gives his own interpretation of the fall of the Soviet empire and the current Russian crossroads. Scenes of life in a labor camp alternate with memories of the past, essays on the totalitarian society, Russian mentality, modern Jewish problems, references to current American reality, psychology of isolation, ideology, moral choices, freedom, social and individual evolution, order and chaos, and complexity. This book is the first memoir of its kind ever to be written originally in English and addressed to the Western reader. Also being published by University Press of America, Unfinished Journey is Nancy Rosenfeld's personal story of her involvement with the campaign to free Yuri.
Title:Memoirs of 1984Format:HardcoverDimensions:252 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:August 31, 1993Publisher:UPA

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0819191973

ISBN - 13:9780819191977

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Editorial Reviews

Vivid, eccentric, often gripping narrative...fascinating insights into Soviet society, and into Russian history and character...written in a remarkably effortless style, especially considering that English is not the writer's first language.