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In Kis's case . . . it is the consistent quality of the local prose
that counts. It is how, sentence by sentence, the song is built,
and immeasurable meanings meant. It is the rich regalia of his
rhetoric that leads us to acknowledge his authority. On his page,
trappings are not trappings, but sovereignty itself.
A Tomb for Boris Davidovich bears traces of Orwell's 1984 and Koestler's Darkness at Noon, but it has its own special flair.
Kis's book is a collection of sleek, semi-biographical stories that, like microscope slides, slice from large events one squirming sliver . . . Much here is cast-iron and memorable.
A portrait of a country and a people in turmoil, a portrait of how Communism both creates and devours its sons.
A stunning statement on political persecution.
Kis slices into the essence of revolutionary spirit.
An absolutely first-rate book, one of the best things I've ever seen on the whole experience of communism in Eastern Europe, but more than that, it's really a first-rate novel. --Irving Howe
A Tomb for Boris Davidovic bears traces of Orwell's 1984 and Koestler's Darkness at Noon, but it has its own special flair.