In This Review

Fear No Evil
Fear No Evil
By Natan Sharansky
Random House, 1988, 437 pp

The case of Sharansky, who was arrested and imprisoned as an alleged American spy for nine years, was indeed a cause célèbre as public opinion and heads of state in the West placed it high on the East-West agenda and kept it there until he was freed in an exchange. Sharansky himself, meanwhile, disappeared into the world of Soviet prisons and the gulag, his fate only known from scraps of information he could get out to family and friends. Now he tells the whole story of privation, interrogation, mock trial, hunger strikes and unbroken resistance. He tells it eloquently, and if there is some literary license taken in reporting hundreds of conversations verbatim, the basic truths shine through. He was sustained by his own fortitude, his wife's unceasing efforts, his devotion to the cause of Soviet refuseniks, to Zionism and Israel (where he now lives) and to the struggle for human rights in the Soviet Union.