Not by bread alone by Vladimir Dudintsev ; Translated from the Russian by Dr. Edith Bone
New York : E.P. Dutton & Co., 1957. Second printing. Hardcover. 512 pages ; 22 cm. Dust jacket's are price clipped and are in tattered condition. Owner name on flyleaf. Lean to spine. Pages are age toned and unmarked. Binding is firm.
"Probably no literary work published in the Soviet Union in the last generation has caused such a furor." '—Thomas P. Whittney, N. Y. Times Magazine
NOT BY BREAD ALONE
By VLADIMIR DUDINTSEV
With a preface especially written by the author for this edition
We believe that this explosive Russian novel, translated here in its entirety from the original text, is one of the most significant documents of our time. Published in three successive issues of a Russian literary magazine last fall, it had an immediate, sensational reception in Russia, and tattered copies of the magazine became a precious possession in homes throughout the country.
What kind of a novel could have evoked such a reception? First, a wonderfully human story told in the manner of the great Russian writers of the past—a story of love and courage and the integrity of the human spirit. But Not By Bread Alone is much more than this. Astonishingly, it presents a point of view hitherto unassociated with communist official values; for its hero is a man who stands for the right of the individual against officialdom, and whose Ionel battle is only temporarily won at the end of the book.
The central character, Lopatkin, is a: engineer and inventor of genius—a idealistic man who pits himself against an ambitious, ruthless bureaucrat, Drozdov. Though arrested an " deported to Siberia, he refuses to give up his belief in his invention and i himself. Then help comes from an unexpected quarter—Drozdov's wif —and the tide begins to run in hi favor. It is a dramatic, gripping story, portraying the darker as well as the brighter side of Soviet life today, and contrasting the bureaucrat's material ist views against Lopatkin's belief that man cannot live by bread alone The novel is profoundly important fo our understanding of modern Russia.
"One of the most spectacular products of the new Soviet movement . . had a bombshell effect on the Sovie public."—Harrison E. Salisbury N.Y. Times.
VLADIMIR DUDINTSEV was born in the Ukraine in 1918. A graduate of the Moscow Law Institute, Dudintsev served in the Russian army and was wounded in a battle hear Leningrad. His first poems and stories were published in Soviet children's magazine after World War II many of his poems and stories were published in various Russian magazines and some appeared in his first book, The Seven Heroes, a collection of short stories.
Not By Bread Alone is his first novel.
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