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Basil Boothroyd, a member of the PUNCH Table, has written many light articles and all too infrequenlly for the ATLANTIC,
Leonard Conversi is presently engaged in graduate work at Harvard University. Tins is his first appearance in the ATLANTIC.
The ATLANTIC is privileged to publish this remarkable document, the first appearance in English of the writing of Svetlana Alliluyeva. It was written in Switzerland this spring as her spontaneous response to DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, a book she found to be “ a revelation about my own life, and about the life of the Russia I knew.”Max Hayward, who made this translation and was also co-translator of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, writes: “Svetlana Alliluyeva’s reflections illuminate the sense of Pasternak’s work as no other comment has ever done. In the fate of Zhivago and of Lara, she sees her personal tragedy, that of her contemporaries and children (Katya, seventeen, and Joseph, twenty-two), and that of Russia as a whole. The closeness of the parallel is underlined by an extraordinary coincidence of names: for example, Svetlana’s daughter, like Lara’s, is called Katya. ... Her thoughts on the novel gradually turn into a lament, in traditional Russian fashion, for her late husband Brajesh Singh,, whom the Soviet authorities did not allow to take her to India while he was still alive. . . . DOCTOR ZHIVAGOis about the tragedy of separation and death, which no country has seen in such measure as Russia, but it is also about faith in life. Svetlana Alliluyeva, while mourning the fate of so many fellow countrymen and her own biller losses, evokes Pasternak’s recurrent images of rebirth: the spring, and the rowan tree with its bright red berries in the midst of winter.”
“Now we’ll have a wickelkeep,”exclaimed Her Waugh when his brother teas born in 1903. But for reasons here recalled by the late Evelyn Waugh’s older brother, that never came to be. Glimpses of the Waugh family, Evelyn’s early years, his Oxford days, and the brief span of his first marriage to She-Evelyn are conveyed only as a member of the family could convey them. Alec Waugh, five years older than Evelyn, has written more than, forty books, among them ISLAND IN THE SUN(1956) and A FAMILY OF ISLANDS(1964). His latest, from which this memoir is drawn, will be published in September by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
“If we continue to believe that, the floats of the modern industrial system and the public policies that serve these goals are coordinate with all of life, then all of our lives will be in the service of these goals” Professor Galbraith warns in this last of three articles based on his forthcoming book THE NEW INDUSTRIAL STATE, being published this month by Houghton Mifflin. The essays end with a call for energetic political action to assure that society asserts the superior claims of aesthetic over economic goals and of environment over cost.
A lot happens in James Jones’s new book in many places,including numerous beds,but the healthiest things happen underwater. So derided Mr. Sheed in reading the latest novel of the author of FROM HEBE TO ETERNITYand relating it to the rest of Jones’s work. Mr. Sheed. London-horn and Oxfordeducated. is both a critic and author of several novels,the latest of which is OFFICE POLITICS.He lives in New Jersey.
Mr. Rapoport. a junior and a journalism major at the University of Michigan, is editor in chief of the Michigan DAILY. His blunt criticism of university officials led to an unsuccessful campus administration attempt, earlier this year, to prevent his nomination to that post.
A new system of property management is needed if the nation’s tidelands are to be saved, says the author of this discussion of the values of— and threat to — “the low,drowned country where fresh waters merge with salt.”She makes a strong case for passage of H.R. 25, a bill sponsored by Michigan Representative John D. Dingell and scheduled to come before the House of Representatives this month. Mrs. Redford is active in Miami’s Tropical Audubon Society, and her husband is president of the Florida Izaak Walton League. Her next book. CHRISTMAS BOWER,will be published by Dutton in September.
Who is Rosa Kleb? And if she is, what was she doing in East Berlin when the Campbell-Bannerman cabinet fell? For answers to these and other convoluted mysteries of the netherworld of fan Fleming, John Le Carre, and others, observe the following first published work of Mr. Campbell, a young Californian who lived in Germany when his father was Presiding District Judge in the High Commission Courts for Germany. He studied at Harvard and Berkeley, served as a Foreign Service officer in Bonn and Washington, is now a U.S. consul and economic officer in Ethiopia.
The ATLANTIC’Sdoor is always open to promising new writers, and twice a year pages are, set aside for poets who have come to deserve a hearing. This Young Poets section introduces fire fresh talents to ATLYNTICreaders.
Can the electric automobile save us all from asphyxiation? The author of this argument thinks so, and that the getting there will be at least as much fun, insurance rates lower, and driving more comfortable. Mr. Carr is a veteran research chemist who has directed research for petroleum companies and has written two books, THE BREATH OF LIFE(on air pollution) and DEATH OF THE SWEET WATERS(on wafer pollution).
All the world is divided into Only People and Grays, Marshas and plain Janes. How the one profits from the other forms the basis of this story by Judith Higgins, a native of New Jersey, a graduate of Pembroke, and a resident of New York City.