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1 Campbell, William Villi the Clown
London Faber and Faber 1981 0571117945 / 9780571117949 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
A Very Good clean, tight and unmarked copy apart from an inscription to front endpaper and a few spots of light foxing to fore edge. Dustjacket is VG+. The author's experience of Soviet Russia is unique - from Stali to Brezhnev, through wartime and purges, he worked and travelled throughout the USSR - as a clown.Then in 1977, he defected to his homeland - Britain. His family were founder members of the British Communist move,ent in the 1920's and, as a penniless teenager at the height of the Depression, inspired by the hope of a better future, he took the boat to Leningrad in search of work. Quickly finding a job in a factory and performing to his workmates, he discovered his vocation as an entertainer, soon he was singing and playing in a popular jazz orchestra. He toured the USSR and finally joined the Soviet Circus as Villi the clown. His account of his life is rich in anecdote and excitement and above all his extraordinary autobiography captures what it was like to be a citizen in Soviet Russia during its momentous years. 
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