Faithful Ruslan

By Georgi Vladimov; Michael Glenny (Translator)
(Melville House Publishing, Paperback, 9781935554677, 224pp.)

Publication Date: September 27, 2011

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Unavailable for twenty years, this harrowing allegory of obedience to authority is esteemed as "one of the defining literary texts of the post-Stalin period." ("The Guardian")
Set in a remote Siberian depot immediately following the demolition of one of the gulag's notorious camps and the emancipation of its prisoners, "Faithful Ruslan" is an embittered "cri de coeur" from a writer whose circumstances obliged him to resist the violence of arbitrary power. "Every writer who writes anything in this country is made to feel he has committed a crime," Georgi Vladimov said. "Dissident," he said, is a word that "they force on you." His mother, a victim of Stalin's anti-Semitic policy, had been interred for two years in one of the camps from which Vladimov derived the wrenching detail of "Faithful Ruslan." The novel circulated in "samizdat" for more than a decade, often attributed to Solzhenitsyn, before its publication in the West led to Vladimov's harassment and exile.
A starving stray, tortured and abandoned by the godlike "Master" whom he has unconditionally loved, Ruslan and his cadre of fellow guard dogs dutifully wait for the arrival of new prisoners--but the unexpected arrival of a work party provokes a climactic bloodletting. Fashioned from the perceptions of an uncomprehending animal, Vladimov's insistently ironic indictment of the gulag spirals to encompass all of Man's inexplicable cruelty.



About the Author


Michael Glenny, who died in Moscow in August 1990, was Britain's foremost translator of modern Russian literature.
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