UNDERGROUND NOTES by Mihajlo Mihajlov


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Moscow Summer"" was the attractive title of the book through whose world-wide publication Mihajlov, then a professor of Russian literature in Zagreb, came to public attention in 1965. At Russian instigation, it earned him a prison sentence in his native Yugoslavia. Although this loose collection of articles picks up a wide range of themes in Marxist and Russian thought, the author's chief preoccupation is the new hope he sees in those present and former political prisoners who share a common experience in their discovery of resources available to the inner man; thus they gain the strength and intent (this part cannot be destroyed) to resist totalitarianism--including that of the historical church. Power over others is no part of this gestalt; the providential coincidence is--remember the book miraculously available to Solzhenitsyn's astrophysicist. If it sounds a bit much, don't write this stimulating item off. It is close to its roots in Shestov and Berdyaev, is in effective conversation with Solzhenitsyn, Djilas, Synavsky-Tertz, Sakharov, N. Mandelstam, and plausibly dimisses Garaudy, Servan-Schreiber, Marcuse as shallow! As a bonus one piece is good original comment on Anna Karenina.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1976
Publisher: Sheed, Andrews & McMeel