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Article Title

To "Pravda"

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Author Unknown

Abstract

This is a three part samizdat from Moscow by an anonymous author. The circumstances under which the samizdat was obtained were quite interesting. Several years ago an American professor was approached by a Moscovite in a subway station. Not speaking any Russian he was unable to understand what the man was saying to him. As the subway train approached the Soviet stuck some crumpled paper into the American's pocket and disappeared. The professor did not realize until later that there was a developed negative of a film inside the paper. The negatives contained photos of many typed pages which, however, were illegible at the time due to the minute print. The film was eventually taken qut of the Soviet Union at considerable risk. After the film was develop�d and enlarged it became obvious that it is a rather interesting and sometimes bizarre piece of writing of a malcontent. Rqllo May observed that lunatics, artists, and prophets (not necessarily in that order) are the most perceptive sensors of societal maladies. They, before the rest of us, feel and express our collective experiences. Sections of the writing may strike us as the ramblings of a lunatic. Other parts are lucid, literate, but angry attacks at practically all that surrounds the author. The translation is a faithful rendition except for substitution of obscene words with euphemisms to protect the sensibilities of the average reader. We leave it to the readers to judge for themselves whether this samizdat adds to their knowledge of Soviet Life or not.

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