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The Truth That Killed

The Truth That Killed

By Georgi Markov

Ticknor & Fields, 1984, 280 pp.

Markov was a Bulgarian novelist who defected to the West in 1969. These are his memoirs, a personal narrative which is very revealing of the character of political and cultural life in Todor Zhivkov's Bulgaria. He broadcast them into Bulgaria over Radio Free Europe, and was warned that Zhivkov was enraged by them. In 1978 he was killed by a poisoned pellet from an assassin's umbrella.