Books by Anatoli Rybakov

Released: Sept. 24, 1992

"But the book has a drumming artlessness—think of Upton Sinclair, Frank Norris—that is meant to tell the facts, and then immediately tell them again, and again."
The years of the Yezhov terror, the Great Purge of the Thirties that began with the Zinoviev/Kamenev show trials, occupy the second volume of Rybakov's Arbat Trilogy (Children of the Arbat, 1988)—and the heavy hand of the book seems in keeping with the tenor of its story: a time in Stalin's Russia when betrayal was so disseminated that it became almost unconscious; when by merely breathing, or so it seemed, you could destroy yourself or someone else. Read full book review >