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Gadfly in Russia By Alan Sillitoe

Gadfly in Russia by Alan Sillitoe

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Summary

A spell-binding account of Sillitoe's travels across the former USSR in his trusty old boxy blue Peugeot.

Gadfly in Russia Summary

Gadfly in Russia by Alan Sillitoe

'Gadfly in Russia is fascinating...Their journey - by parts touching, hilarious, compulsive, hair-raising - makes On the Road seem tame. Sillitoe offers us a rare insight into ordinary life in the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.' The Spectator In 1967, with a need to get away from his writing for a month or so, Allan Sillitoe set off in a blue Peugeot to Russia. 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. This is a story of travelling, history, people and places: from the Nazis to perestroika; Pushkin to Tolstoy; yet another police check; racing in a German motor rally heading to Moscow; as well as late nights, vodka, getting lost and the mysteries of the Russian language. A speech in Moscow on freedom, and a visit to London by George with a Russian writer that resulted in an unexpected defection, would leave Sillitoe being viewed in a less-than-favourable light by the Soviets. In 2005, invited by the British Council, he found himself once again in Russia, offering the perfect opportunity to revisit his diaries of old to create this compelling book. Gadfly in Russia is a fascinating account of one man's relation-ship with Russia and its people, and their changing fortunes, over the past 40 years. Alan Sillitoe's first book, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning was a bestseller and made into a major film as was his next book, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. Since then he has published over 40 works of prose, poetry and drama.

Gadfly in Russia Reviews

* 'A complex and sometimes hilarious study of wanderlust... What an era. We should be glad this gadfly was taking notes.' The Times

About Alan Sillitoe

Alan Sillitoe's first book, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning was a bestseller and made into a major film as was his next book, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. Since then he has published over 40 works of prose, poetry and drama.

Additional information

GOR003677623
9781906217587
1906217580
Gadfly in Russia by Alan Sillitoe
Used - Very Good
Paperback
JR Books Ltd
2008-06-25
256
N/A
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This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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