Grimes, William. “A Novel of Crime and Freezing Punishment in Russia.” The Christian Science Monitor, January 21, 1986, p. 26. An insightful glimpse into Dovlatov’s style and intent in his novel The Zone: A Prison Camp Guard’s Story. Although The Zone is a moving account of prison life, Grimes states that the book is not too disheartening: “It would take more than prison to blunt Dovlatov’s comic edge.”
Prescott, Peter S. “Actors, Uncles, Existentialists.” Review of Ours: A Russian Family Album. Newsweek, April 24, 1989, 26. In this brief review, Prescott selects a few of the book’s characters who demonstrate human failings and shows Dovlatov’s compassion in regard to their actions and his uneasiness in regard to the Party and the state.
Shragin, Boris, et al. “Writers in Exile: A Conference of Soviet and East European Dissidents.” Partisan Review 50, no. 4 (1983): 487-525. A discussion of dissident writers including Dovlatov, Boris Shragin, Stanisaw Baránczak, Erazim V. Kohak, Yuz Aleshkovsky, and others.
“Soviet Émigrés.” The Christian Science Monitor, October 2, 1987. A discussion of Dovlatov’s position on glasnost and perestroika in terms of the reasons why he and Soviet émigrés are not published in the Soviet Union. Despite the literary freedoms that followed glasnost, Dovlatov believes that the outlook for Soviet émigré writers is not too positive and that total glasnost cannot be achieved by a state controlled by one party.
Toker, Leona. Return from the Archipelago: Narratives of Gulag Survivors. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000. Dovlatov is included in this study of politically dissident Soviet writers.
Young, Jekaterina. “Dovlatov’s Compromise: Journalism, Fiction, and Commentary.” Slavonica 6, no. 1 (2000): 44-68. Analysis of Dovlatov’s anthology The Compromise focuses on the role of the Soviet press in ideological struggle.