The Gates of Hell Author:Harrison E. Salisbury Harrison E. Salisbury, one of the world's leading specialists on Russia, has used his intimate knowledge of the land and its people to create a wonderful panoramic novel of the Soviet Union. — The story follows the life of a Russian writer, Andrei Sokolov, from the time of the Revolution, when he was a small boy, to the present, when he is condem... more »ned as a traitor and sent into exile in the West. Described in counterpoint against the events of Andrei's life are the fascinating maneuverings in the Politburo of the chief of the Soviet secret police, Andropov, who must use all the skill and ingenuity at his command to get rid of the dissident author without causing an international scandal and to protect his own position and power while saving Andrei's life.
The Gates of Hell is enormously rich in setting and in character. The details of life in the Soviet Union are brought so vividly to life that the reader feels as if he has been transported to Russia to share with the characters in the novel the fear and impoverishment and the courage that daily survival entails. This is a timely, powerful novel about the sacrifice of private lives to political power, about the dissenting voices that will not be silenced despite the dangers, about the incredible endurance of the human spirit.« less