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Red Square at noon

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'On 21 August 1968 Soviet troops and their allies invaded Czechoslovakia. In Moscow's Red Square four days later, eight brave young people demonstrated peacefully against the invasion. They were all arrested. Of the eight, one recanted, five were tried on two counts and the remaining two were conveniently found insane by the authorities. One of these last two was confined immediately to a 'special psychiatric hospital' (later being tried and found guilty in his absence); the other was the author of this book, Natalia Gorbanevskaya. ***For the time being she was allowed to remain free, being treated as a 'out patient' and placed in the care of her relatives. Over the next year she spent much of her time compiling the material for this book. ***Red Square at Noon is her moving but strictly factual account of the demonstration, and of the interrogation, the searches of people's houses and the trial which followed it in quick succession. The record of the trial, which dramatises itself, reveals a blatant miscarriage of justice and a complete denial of the freedoms of speech and opinion - indeed, of the mere existence of everything we understand by the term 'civil rights'. We are given an eyewitness account of happenings outside the courtroom during the trial - a piece of fine irony - and finally we are told of the fate of those sentenced at the trial. ***The author herself did not escape retribution for her small act of courage and decency. In 1970, soon after completing this book, she was also committed to a 'special psychiatric hospital'. And as readers of this book will discover, one's stay in such a place can be idefinite. ***Natalia Gorbanevskaya is by profession one of the most talented of young Russian poets.' (Quote from inside front and rear of dustwrapper blurb). Fine dust jacket. Very clean copy

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Author(s):
Natalia Gorbanevskaya ; Alexander Lieven (Translator)
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1972
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0233955178
ISBN-13:
9780233955179
Number of pages:
288
Publisher:
Andre Deutsch
Title:
Red Square at noon

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'On 21 August 1968 Soviet troops and their allies invaded Czechoslovakia. In Moscow's Red Square four days later, eight brave young people demonstrated peacefully against the invasion. They were all arrested. Of the eight, one recanted, five were tried on two counts and the remaining two were conveniently found insane by the authorities. One of these last two was confined immediately to a 'special psychiatric hospital' (later being tried and found guilty in his absence); the other was the author of this book, Natalia Gorbanevskaya. ***For the time being she was allowed to remain free, being treated as a 'out patient' and placed in the care of her relatives. Over the next year she spent much of her time compiling the material for this book. ***Red Square at Noon is her moving but strictly factual account of the demonstration, and of the interrogation, the searches of people's houses and the trial which followed it in quick succession. The record of the trial, which dramatises itself, reveals a blatant miscarriage of justice and a complete denial of the freedoms of speech and opinion - indeed, of the mere existence of everything we understand by the term 'civil rights'. We are given an eyewitness account of happenings outside the courtroom during the trial - a piece of fine irony - and finally we are told of the fate of those sentenced at the trial. ***The author herself did not escape retribution for her small act of courage and decency. In 1970, soon after completing this book, she was also committed to a 'special psychiatric hospital'. And as readers of this book will discover, one's stay in such a place can be idefinite. ***Natalia Gorbanevskaya is by profession one of the most talented of young Russian poets.' (Quote from inside front and rear of dustwrapper blurb). Fine dust jacket. Very clean copy

Added value:
Dust jacket not price clipped
Author(s):
Natalia Gorbanevskaya ; Alexander Lieven (Translator)
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1972
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0233955178
ISBN-13:
9780233955179
Number of pages:
288
Publisher:
Andre Deutsch
Title:
Red Square at noon

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