Yevgeny Kharitonov was born in 1941 and died in Moscow in 1981. He was a proscribed writer whose work circulated in samizdat but was never officially published in his lifetime. Under House Arrest is a collection of his autobiographical fictions. Kharitonov’s homosexuality was central to his identity as a writer and gave him a unique perspective from which to write about Soviet society. This collection includes his best-known pieces most of them published here for the first time in English.
Yevgeny Kharitonov |
Under House Arrest
Autobiographical reverie and
observation in the tradition of Rozanov, with something of Gogol and early
Samuel Beckett in the humour: private firework displays sent up in a small
concrete room by a man longing for escape and love but with the astringent
mentality which came from accepting that he’ll never have much of either.
Far from despairing – though Communism hadn’t any place for homosexuality,
Russian life always did.
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