Author(s): Arkady Polishchuk
In this memoir, replete with Jewish humor and sardonic Russian irony, exiled Russian journalist and human rights suggest Arkady Polishchuk (b. 1930) colorfully narrates his evolution as a dissenter and his paintings on behalf of persecuted Christians in 1970s Soviet Russia. Told essentially via conversation, this exciting account places the reader in the midst of a important time in historical past, when 1000’s of people that have been denied emigration drew world consideration whilst struggling human rights abuses, staged display trials, pressured exertions, and dependable surveillance.
From 1950-1973, Polishchuk labored as a journalist for Russian state-run media and at Asia and Africa Today, the place all the international correspondents have been KGB operatives the use of their quilt jobs to meddle in world affairs. His shut working out of Russian propaganda, the usage of "kompromat" in opposition to enemies and his wisdom of "pripiski" (outlined as "certain distortions of accomplished effects and pretend experiences") makes this memoir particularly eye-opening for American readers in nowadays’s political local weather.
Through the process the narrative, we’re in conjunction with Polishchuk as he covers an anti-Semitic display trial, writes samizdat (underground political self-publications), is arrested, adopted and surveilled, collaborates with refuseniks and smuggles eyewitness testimony to the west. The absurdity of his stories is mirrored in his humor, which belies the anxieties of the lifestyles he lived.