Mary-Kay Wilmers, 9 July 1987
Show More Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov.
Penguin, 242 pp., £3.95, May 1987, 0 14 008623 4Show More
The Russian Album by Michael Ignatieff.
Chatto, 191 pp., £12.95, May 1987, 0 7011 3109 8Show More
The Making of a Peacemonger: The Memoirs of George Ignatieff prepared in association with by Sonja Sinclair.
Toronto, 265 pp., £15, July 1985, 0 8020 2556 0Show More
A Little of All These: An Estonian Childhood by Tania Alexander.
Cape, 165 pp., £12.50, March 1987, 0 224 02400 0Show More
“... Stuck in the country, bored and vaguely discontented, with themselves, their lives or the way things are, half the heroes in Russian fiction appear to be waiting for something to happen while the other half, in varying degrees of relief or despair, settle down to the thought that nothing will – not in their lifetime. Tolstoy might not have made so much of Levin’s contentment had contentment not been so hard to find ...”