The author, a young honor graduate of Paris' School of Oriental Languages, was attached to the French Embassy in Moscow for a year. She lost no time in meeting her Russian contemporaries and with a blithe disregard for red tape audited classes at Moscow University and became very much a part of the city's young intellectual set. Two months were spent travelling in Samarkand and the Crimea, Leningrad, Novgorod and a worker's village out of bounds to foreigners. Mlle. Jacquet's conclusions are no different from those of other open-minded travellers in Russia--the people like the regime but are aware of its faults, they want peace, are friendly and committed to the Marxist philosophy. The younger Russians are devotees of rock and roll, jazz and Yves Montand. They have surprisingly little desire to travel on the other side of the iron curtain. Not the least interesting facet of this book is the light it throws on an attractive example of the young French intellectual. An informal picture of Russia, interesting, unpretentious and valuable in its presentation of examples of the young Russian student and working class elite.