Andrei Donatovich Sinyavsky
Andrei Donatovich Sinyavsky (ahn-DRAY doh-NAH-toh-vihch sih-NYAV-skee), a writer later known under the pseudonym Abram Tertz. Brought up by a revolutionary father, Sinyavsky studied Russian literature of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His dedication to phantasmagoric literature flew in the face of the officially accepted Socialist Realism. Sinyavsky eventually had his work smuggled out of the country and published in the West under the pseudonym Abram Tertz. He is eventually arrested and imprisoned. After his release, he discovers that people have changed; they no longer live under the fear that was prevalent during Joseph Stalin’s time.
Donat Evgenievich Sinyavsky
Donat Evgenievich Sinyavsky (DOH-naht yehv-GEH-nih-yeh-vihch), the younger Sinyavsky’s father. A love of hunting and disdain for the petty details of everyday life (both remnants of his aristocratic heritage) combine with a strong will and fervent idealism to form this sincere atypical revolutionary. The elder Sinyavsky maintains genuine human compassion for individuals throughout the collectivization and maintains revolutionary idealism despite imprisonment. He participated in political agitation during the revolution, organized famine relief in the 1920’s, and eventually was...
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