A dull book, with the usual Russian overlay of too much conversation and a heavily padded plot. But there is a cult for Russian books, and this has had praise abroad. A tale of love and lust on a Soviet farm, and of Anna, the servant girl, in love with a man who dies, lusted after by the farmer, the victim of his wife's jealousy. The wife gets her way when Anna protects the household by shooting down the bandit chief, and she shuts Anna out, leaving her exposed to retalliation at the hand of his followers. Neither a very enlightening picture of Soviet life nor a story that seems to matter, one way or another.