GREEN BOUNDARY by Boris Ilyin

GREEN BOUNDARY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In fiction form, a graphic and moving story of Russians attempting to escape Soviet domination, to find their place in an anti-Communist world. The story is built around a Russian-American major, Paul Radanov, in occupied Germany, who is sent to a conference with some Soviet representatives on radio transmission in the American zone. There he meets some Russians, late captives of the Germans who want to stay in the American zone, and he meets, too, Darya Lubinova, interpreter for the Soviets, one time fiancee of Orlowski, and falls in love with her. The story shows the plight of the escaped Russians, of the DP's, of those in fear of being captured and forced back into the Soviet zone. It shows too the slow process of breaking down Soviet indoctrination and building for adjustment to a free world. This is well told, the characterization is good, the dramatic effect is heightened by undercurrents of helplessness and tragedy. Of particular interest to those who have read the various non-fiction books dealing with escape from Soviet domination.

Pub Date: Aug. 15th, 1949
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin