Talking Fish: On Soviet Dissident Memoirs*

  title={Talking Fish: On Soviet Dissident Memoirs*},
  author={Benjamin Nathans},
  journal={The Journal of Modern History},
  • Benjamin Nathans
  • Published 2015
  • Sociology
  • The Journal of Modern History
  • On July 6, 1968, at a party in Moscow celebrating the twenty-eighth birthday of Pavel Litvinov, two guests who had never met before lingered late into the night. Litvinov, a physics teacher and the grandson of Stalin’s Commissar of Foreign Affairs, Maxim Litvinov, had recently made a name for himself as the coauthor of a samizdat text, “An Appeal to World Opinion,” that had garnered wide attention inside and outside the Soviet Union. He had been summoned several times by the Committee for State… CONTINUE READING