BOOK REVIEWS/COMPTES RENDUS Stephen Carter. The Politics of Solzhenitsyn. New York: Holmes & Meier Publishers, Inc. 1977. 156 pp. Roy Medvedev. On Soviet Dissent: Interviews with Piero Ostellino. Translated from the Italian by William A. Packer. Edited by George Saunders. New York: Columbia Uni- versity Press. 1980. 147 pp. $10.95. Not all who dissent (the heterodox, to translate literally the Russian inakomysliashchie) are dissidents. Among the non-dissident Soviet dissenters probably the most prominent outside the Soviet Union is Alexander Solzhenitsyn; inside, Roy Medvedev, one of that remarkable pair of twins who have been ploughing their own furrows for many years in the cold hard fields of Russian thought. (The other brother, Zhores, a geneticist forced to turn gerontologist for a time, left the Soviet Union some years ago and made his home in the United Kingdom.) Both Solzhenitsyn and Roy Medvedev may be distinguished, in different ways, from the liberal-legal dissidents inside and outside, many of whom worked with Andrei D. Sakharov or were encouraged by him. The books under review here give an idea of the political views of Solzhenitsyn and Medvedev, including their views on dissidents and dissidence. (Of course neither the one nor the other
The Soviet and Post Soviet Review – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1982
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