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1 Tertz, AbramThe Makepeace Experiment. 26679
Collins & Harvill Press: London. 1965.
First British edition (& 1st printing).
Translated from the Russian and with an introduction by Manya Harari. First published in Polish as LYUBIMOV in France in 1963. Suvin, Russian SF, p. 28.

''Russian dissident writer and literary critic who published the manuscripts he smuggled into the West in the late 1950s and early 1960s under the name Abram Tertz. His identity became known when the Soviet authorities arrested him in 1966 and subjected him to a show trial; both were imprisoned and subsequently exiled. His finest novel, Lyubimov (translated by Manya Harari as The Makepeace Experiment 1965), tells with warmth and power of the transformation of a small Russian village through the ability of one man to broadcast his will hypnotically through space; when he loses this power, robot tanks regain the village and he flees. The satirical implications of this allegorical recasting of the triumph of communism in Russia are obvious. At the same time, the author's satirical effects are mediated through an imagination deeply Russian in its metaphysical, fundamentally religious, Slavophile bent'' (John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF).

Faint spotting and age-darkening along page edges, splash stain along top edge of rear panel, else a fine copy in an almost fine dustjacket.

Price: 8.00 GBP
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