"Some intelligent people are also conscientious. Often this causes them intolerable suffering, because they know too much about humanity, yet have no idea what to do with that knowledge."
So begins the curator's introduction to this amazing issue of Chtenia, our 29th. Mainly memoirs, this issue looks at what it meant to be a conscientious writer in the Soviet Union, and Leningrad in particular. The pieces are full of poignant memories, insightful humor and powerful emotions. Almost all of the works in this issue are translated into English for the first time, and many of the authors have never before been translated into English. This is sure to be a collector's edition.