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Alone Together





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The wife of the Soviet physicist and Nobel Laureate Andrei Sakharov tells the full, uncensored, harrowing story of their years in the Soviet city of Gorky. TRANSLATED FROM THE RUSSIAN BY: Alexander Cook. SYNOPSIS: That Alone Together was even written is extraordinary. In late 1985 Elena Bonner, wife of the Nobel Peace Prize winner Andrei Sakharov, suddenly received from Soviet authorities a three-month visa (later extended to six) to visit her family in the United States and be treated for heart, eye, and leg ailments. While recuperating from multiple bypass surgery in Newton, Massachusetts, she decided to write an account from her perspective in America of what has happened to Sakharov and herself during their past three years of involuntary exile in the Soviet city of Gorky. The result is the full, uncensored story of the Orwellian existence that Sakharov and Bonner are forced to endure. Bonner describes how their every activity is recorded on film by the Soviet security police, the KGB (and the film, carefully manipulated and edited, later sold to Western publications and television networks as "evidence" that they lead a normal life). She reports how Sakharov - his serious heart condition ignored - was force-fed in hospital during his several hunger strikes . . . how they are isolated from friends and family - no mail, no telephone, a twenty-four hour police guard outside their apartment . . . how their belongings disappear and reappear . . . how their car is vandalized (slashed tires, glue spread over the windshield) . . . how they are constantly watched and followed by KGB agents. Bonner chronicles her illegal trial and conviction for "anti-Soviet slander" and the ways in which she herself has been libelled by the Soviet authorities and media: a Soviet journalist accused her of being a Zionist and a CIA agent, of kicking out of his apartment the children of Sakharov's first marriage, and of beating her husband. She relates the story...

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