Incapable of writing a dull line, Solzhenitsyn here produces a testimony that stands confidently beside The Oak and the Calf and his classic autobiography The Gulag Archipelago.
After his expulsion from Russia in 1974, Solzhenitsyn wrote a secret record, while it was still fresh in his mind, of the courageous efforts of those people who hid his writings and smuggled them to the West. Before the fall of the Soviet Union he could not publish Invisible Allies without putting those people into jeopardy. Now the facts can be revealed and this book is an intimate account of the network of individuals who risked life and liberty to ensure that his works were concealed, circulated in 'samizdat' form, and exported via illicit chanels. These conspirators, often unknown to one another, shared a devotion to the dissident writer's work and a hatred of censorship, and they were prepared to act upon them. Invisible Allies contains the previously untold chapters in Solzhenitsyn's autobiography and pays deserved tribute to those who refused to allow an oppressive regime to suppress his writings.