Vladimir Putin

Brittain, Miss Vera

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The difficulty of talking in an impersonal way about one's own work and one's own views. What the speaker's book, "Testament of Youth" is all about. The book as an autobiography, not a novel. The impact of war on four young people. A synopsis of the events in the book. The literary work into which a book of this kind had to fit. A brief sketch of some of the events of 1933 to 1934 which have made the topics of peace and war two very important subjects of discussion. Ways in which people were ready for a book of the type of "Testament of Youth." The speaker's lack of expectation that her book would be read by men. How the book came to be written and the philosophy that lay behind it. Ways in which the book is literature as will as autobiography. The three parts into which the book naturally fell. The speaker reads from her book. What the book endeavours to do, to show, to persuade. A look at the book's reception, and reasons for it. Hope for the book's message.

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