Saturday, July 12, 2008

Gadfly in Russia + The Himmler Brothers

Gripped by an overwhelming desire to visit the USSR rather than work on a novel, Alan Sillitoe draws up detailed, annotated maps of Russia, kisses his wife and young son goodbye and makes a dash for it in a "boxy dark blue Peugeot Estate". It's 1967, when going abroad still had a certain allure (Sillitoe weaves fantasies around almost every passing female) and travel was exciting - although he has no time for the "bullshit" of customs, border guards and militiamen.


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