AKSYONOV, Vassily (Pavlovich)
   Russian MAINSTREAM WRITER, one of those whose careers began in the Khrushchev Thaw and who responded to the subsequent chill by emigrating to the USA, where he became a citizen. His sf novel, Ostrov Krym (1981 US; trans anon as The Island of Crimea 1984 US) is a powerful ALTERNATE WORLD story set in a Crimea which is an ISLAND (not, as in this world, a peninsula), and where a pre-revolutionary government has survived; the real-life model is obviously China/Taiwan. The Soviet Union soon invades.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

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