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    A PUBLISHING COMPANY IN NEW YORK RELEASED ON MAY TWENTY-FIRST EDITION OF A BOOK WHICH HAS EARNED FOR ITS AUTHOR, MILOVAN DJILAS AN EIGHT YEAR PRISON SENTENCE IN HIS NATIVE YUGOSLAVIA.

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    A PUBLISHING COMPANY IN NEW YORK RELEASED ON MAY TWENTY-FIRST EDITION OF A BOOK WHICH HAS EARNED FOR ITS AUTHOR, MILOVAN DJILAS AN EIGHT YEAR PRISON SENTENCE IN HIS NATIVE YUGOSLAVIA.

    THE YUGOSLAV GOVERNMENT CLAIMED THAT BY WRITING "CONVERSATIONS WITH STALIN," DJILAS - ONCE ONE OF THE TOP YUGOSLAVIA COMMUNISTS - PROVIDED MATERIAL FOR ANTI-GOVERNMENT ARTICLES PUBLISHED ABROAD. THIS, HIS ACCUSERS SAID, BROKE AN EARLY PLEDGE HE MADE TO REFRAIN FROM ANY ACTIVITY WHICH MIGHT "HARM THE INTERESTS OF HIS COUNTRY".

    "CONVERSATIONS WITH STALIN" IS BASED LARGELY ON THE AUTHOR'S ENCOUNTER WITH THE SOVIET LEADER IN MOSCOW, USUALLY WHILE ON STRATEGIC MISSIONS. THEY RANGED FROM HIS FIRST MEETING WITH STALIN IN 1944 UNTIL HIS LATEST VISIT FOUR YEARS LATER WHICH WAS TO SEE THE BREAK BETWEEN BELGRADE AND THE KREMLIN.

    DJILAS WAS PAROLED FROM PRISON ONLY FIFTEEN MONTHS AGO. IN 1958 HE WAS SENTENCED TO NINE YEARS GOAL AFTER A LONG FEUD WITH THE GOVERNMENT, AND THE PUBLICATION OF ANOTHER BOOK "THE NEW CLASS".

    THE PRESIDENT OF THE PUBLISHING COMPANY, HARCOURT, BRACE AND WORLD, IS MR. WILLIAM JOVANOVIC, WHO HELPED DJILAS PREPARE HIS MANUSCRIPT. AT HIS OFFICE MR. JOVANOVIC SAID OF THE BOOKS: "WHAT DJILAS SAYS ABOUT STALIN IS NOT MUCH DIFFERENT FROM WHAT KHRUSHCHEV AND TITO HIMSELF HAVE SAID ABOUT STALIN.... BUT PERHAPS BEING SAID BY A MAN WHO IS A DISSENTER, A THINKING MAN, A MAN WHO DARES TO QUESTION AND LEAVES SOME QUESTIONS UNANSWERED, MAKES A DIFFERENCE. WHAT THE DIFFERENCE IS FOR THE YUGOSLAVS TO SAY. MEANWHILE HE CAN ONLY SUMMISE THAT A MAN OF GREAT INTEGRITY HAS RISKED HIS LIFE FOR HIS THOUGHTS."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4CCS4RJV23WY27OZ751MAH0EO
    Media URN:
    VLVA4CCS4RJV23WY27OZ751MAH0EO
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/05/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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