Gadfly in Russia

Gadfly in Russia In an attempt to take a break from his writing career in Alan Sillitoe set off in a boxy blue Peugeot from Germany towards the then USSR In Leningrad despite his desire to travel alone he was

  • Title: Gadfly in Russia
  • Author: Alan Sillitoe
  • ISBN: 9781906217587
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Paperback
  • In an attempt to take a break from his writing career, in 1967 Alan Sillitoe set off in a boxy blue Peugeot from Germany towards the then USSR In Leningrad, despite his desire to travel alone, he was provided with an official escort in the form of George Andjaparidze, who was to become a fellow journeyman and friend On their long drive into the heart of the country, GeorIn an attempt to take a break from his writing career, in 1967 Alan Sillitoe set off in a boxy blue Peugeot from Germany towards the then USSR In Leningrad, despite his desire to travel alone, he was provided with an official escort in the form of George Andjaparidze, who was to become a fellow journeyman and friend On their long drive into the heart of the country, George and Alan encountered numerous police checks, spent late nights filled with vodka, and inadvertently took part in a motor rally This is a story of traveling, history, people, and places of the Nazis and perestroika Pushkin and Tolstoy the fight for freedom and the strong armed nature of the Soviet government In the deceptively simple manner for which he is so well known, Alan Sillitoe offers a fascinating account of his relationship with Russia, its people, and their changing fortunes over the past 40 years.

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    • Riley says:

      I enjoyed this account of Alan Sillitoe's travels to Russia. I like his approach to life and his generally non-ideological views. Here's what he told a Soviet audience about writing:"After taking a few moments to inform them of my origins and how I became a writer -- establishing my 'working-class' credentials, though on this occasion I decided not to be bashful about that -- I went on to say that writers should have the freedom to write what they felt inspired to say, in other words whatever th [...]

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