Anatolii Pristavkin has been generally regarded as a Soviet conformist writer who achieved a degree of prominence only after Gorbachev came to power (particularly with his novel A Golden Cloud Spent The Night (Nochevala tuchka zolotaia), which enjoyed widespread success). Before this he produced a good many narratives with, in Soviet terms, conventional themes concerning industrial production and wartime heroism. He could be considered a civic-minded liberal, but he never ventured into the dissident camp, never indulging in samizdat (self-publication) or tamizdat (publication only in the West). Viewing his oeuvre in its entirety one glimpses an honest foot soldier of Russian literature, whose best work …
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Porter, Robert. "Anatolii Pristavkin". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 August 2014
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