1980s Soviet metal pin of Society of Book Lovers (книголюбов общество). In Soviet times, there is an official picture of USSR as a 'nation of readers' and as 'the largest readership in the world', boasted by Leonid Brezhnev at the 24th Party Congree in 1971. Yet, many Soviet readers complained that there was nothing much worth reading as all the good writers have been driven underground or are abroad.
Adult Readers in the Soviet Union
Publishing and the Book Trade in the Post-Stalin Era: A Case-Study of the Commodification of Culture
The Space of the Book: Print Culture in the Russian Social Imagination
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