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Angels On the Head of a Pin

(2002)
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In this contemporary Russian classic, a samizdat document arrives at a Soviet newspaper headquarters with unimaginable consequences.

Angels on the Head of a Pin is set in Moscow in the late 1960s, at a time when Khrushchev-era liberalization is being threatened by the return to personality cult and repression following the Soviet intervention in Czechoslovakia. The editor-in-chief of the organ of the Communist Party collapses with a heart attack outside the Central Committee building. This is partly brought on by the appearance of a samizdat manuscript on his desk that leads to his anguishing over who left it there and what to do with it to avoid falling victim to the malevolence its content is likely to unleash. The solution lies with Yakov Rappoport, an ageing and cynical Jewish veteran of the war and two spells in the Gulag, the author of not only the obnoxious popular campaigns sponsored by the newspaper (and all its letters to the editor) but of every speech that gets made in public by the principals of the regime as well. His efforts to help his stricken editor, as well as the novel's star-crossed lovers, lead to a hallucinatory climax.

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February 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: Angels on the Head of a Pin
Author(s): Yuri Ilyich Druzhnikov
ISBN: 0-7206-1170-9 / 978-0-7206-1170-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Peter Owen Ltd
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January 2002 : Hardback

Title: Angels on the Head of a Pin
Author(s): Kilurifi Druzhnikov, Yuri Druzhnikov, Iurii Druzhnikov
ISBN: 9231038370 / 978-9231038372
Publisher: UNESCO
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April 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Angels on the Head of a Pin (UNESCO Collection of Representative Works: European)
Author(s): Yuri Druzhnikov
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
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February 2003 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Angels on the Head of a Pin: A Novel (UNESCO Collection of Representative Works: European)
Author(s): Yuri Druzhnikov
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
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