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The tale of a talented author in exile, trying to come to phrases together with his prior, and that of his mother-country. the writer is an exile himself, and lives in Paris. His earlier books contain "The Trial" and "A Voice from the Chorus". Abram Tertz is the pseudonym for Andrei Sinyavsky.

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