Fear No Evil

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PublicAffairs, Nov 27, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
Temperamentally and intellectually, Natan Sharansky is a man very much like many of us—which makes this account of his arrest on political grounds, his trial, and ten years' imprisonment in the Orwellian universe of the Soviet gulag particularly vivid and resonant.

Since Fear No Evil was originally published in 1988, the Soviet government that imprisoned Sharansky has collapsed. Sharansky has become an important national leader in Israel—and serves as Israel's diplomatic liaison to the former Soviet Union! New York Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief Serge Schmemann reflects on those monumental events, and on Sharansky's extraordinary life in the decades since his arrest, in a new introduction to this edition. But the truths Sharansky learned in his jail cell and sets forth in this book have timeless importance so long as rulers anywhere on earth still supress their own peoples. For anyone with an interest in human rights—and anyone with an appreciation for the resilience of the human spirit—he illuminates the weapons with which the powerless can humble the powerful: physical courage, an untiring sense of humor, a bountiful imagination, and the conviction that "Nothing they do can humiliate me. I alone can humiliate myself."
 

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Contents

I5 The World of the Gulag
227
I6 The Marathon Begins
243
Fear No Evil
258
I8 Camp
271
I9 My Fellow Prisoners
286
2O Oh Hot Water
299
2I Friends and Companions
318
The Interconnection of Souls
349
The Call of the Shofar
372
Aliyah
394
Acknowledgments
428
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Page 7 - Agitation or propaganda carried on for the purpose of subverting or weakening Soviet authority...
Page xxiii - Treason, that is, an act intentionally committed by a citizen of the USSR to the detriment of the state independence, the territorial inviolability or the military might of the USSR: going over to the side of the enemy, espionage, transmission of a state or military secret to a foreign state, flight abroad or refusal to return from abroad to the USSR, rendering aid to a foreign state in carrying on hostile activity against the USSR...
Page xxiii - ... deprivation of freedom for a term of six months to seven years, with or without additional exile for a term of two to five years, or by exile for a term of two to five years
Page 8 - I repeated this principle over and over until it was part of me: Nothing they do can humiliate me. I alone can humiliate myself.

About the author (1998)

Natan Sharansky lives in Israel, where he is a leader of Israel B'aliyah, the party of the new Russian immigrants, and minister of industry and trade in Netanyahu's cabinet.

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