"Kharitonov's was an emotional, often grating, inchoate voice only beginning to find its range—but there was life in it, and it remains very much worth hearing."
Thirteen loosely linked autobiographical Under House Arrest ($13.99 paperback original; Mar.; 208 pp.; 1-85242-355-2): Thirteen loosely linked autobiographical stories by dissident Russian writer Kharitonov (1941—81), whose homosexuality added a plaintive further dimension to these wry cameos detailing his experiences of urban poverty, censorship, and officially approved discrimination.
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