Alone Together

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Alone Together

By Elena Bonner
Knopf, 1986
269 pp. $17.95
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Memoirs of the wife of Andrei Sakharov, telling of their harrowing years of enforced exile in Gorki under the watchful eye and cruel persecution of the KGB. Her book, written in the candid style of a diary, clarifies for the world many things previously obscured by secrecy or deception, and is also revealing of the character of Sakharov himself and the spirit of this fiery and indomitable woman. The main story is about their travails in the U.S.S.R., but the scene shifts occasionally to America during Bonner's recent visit for medical treatment, giving her the opportunity to present some impressions of this country.

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