satisfy the claims of the Order.nClaims may be madenby . . . original British ornCommonwealth claimants orntheir successors in respect ofnfinancial and property claimsnarising before 1939 which werenregistered . . . between 1918nand 1951.nWith characteristic understatement,nwhich seems to pervade even publicnannouncements, H.M. Covernmentnwent on:nIt is not possible to forecastnwhat percentage of the assessednvalue of successful claims willnbe paid.nNevertheless, in a news article, ThenTimes quoted Mr. Tim Eggar, “a juniornminister at the Foreign Office,”nwho said with satisfaction that “quite anfew people will find themselves rathernwealthy.” It was further reported thatnthe “settiement” had been negotiatednby Sir Ceofifrey Howe, the ForeignnSecretary, and Mr. Eduard Shevardnadze,nthe Soviet foreign minister, innJuly 1986.nAccording to The Sunday Telegraph,narrangements for the “Russian Style”nexhibition had been made in Januaryn1986. The Barbican Centre’s “ruddycheekednand exhilirated” young curator,nquoted by the Telegraph, disclosednin passing that the initiative had comenfrom the Soviet Ministry of Culture.nAfter that, what stood in its way was “anlumbering bureaucracy, rather thannsinister tones of Le Carre.” But all thatnwas now behind: The two Ministries ofnCulture have finally pulled it off, completenwith the duchess in leather.nIt is quite obvious that Sir GeoffreynHowe’s “Russian Compensation”nagreement was meant as a sideshow fornthe “Russian Style” extravaganza, bynevery account the social event of thenseason. The new generation of Sovietnpublic-relations specialists have ancomplex and colorful agenda of priorities;nthere is littie doubt that high onnthat list is the directive to emphasizenthe “Russian” idea as a component ofnSoviet policy. To communicate withnthe West—that is, to deceive itn—effectively, is it not better to rely onnexisting Western “perceptions of thenSoviet Union” than on their own disinformation,nhomegrown for export?nWestern “perceptions” are all there,nready to do the job, in idiomatic Englishn(or French, or German); they arenbeing churned out daily, by professors,nalumni, and students at Ivy Leaguenuniversities; they are published by thenNew York Times and Foreign Affairs;nthey fill books and speeches. Whyninvent reasons for the invasion of Afghanistan?nOpen an eminent Sovietologist’sntreatise, and you will see that itnhas something to do with the ways ofnthe Russian soul. Soviet nuclear superiority?nWell, the Russian passionnfor grandeur, of course. Think of theirnnovels. The contemplated conquest ofnthe rest of Europe? Traditional paranoia.nThe exhibition, which closed at thenend of April, extended from “Peter thenGreat to 1920.” Why 1920 and not,nsay—to pick a year—1917? That, ofncourse, is the whole point, as far asnSoviet propaganda is concerned.nNothing’s changed. Let Russia be Russia.nVodka, samovar, ICBM: These arenour Russian quirks, and we want tonkeep them.nThe press, on the whole, agreed.nJohn Russell Taylor, writing in ThenTimes, did think it “intriguing to considernby what routes these amazingnTlna^ UTHERNlflEVIEWln• SPRING 1987 •nSignificant items for your spring reading listn”If Wolfe maintained his identity as a Southerner, it was because be knewnhe belonged nowhere else.”—A revealing essay on “Thomas Wolfe andnthe South” by David Herbert Donald.n”There is little or no relation between the religious and the intellectual innmodern times precisely because there was little or nothing left of the intellectnwhen the Enlightenment philosophers got through with the human mind.”—nA challenging look into “The Dark Rooms of the Enlightenment”nby John Finlay.nOther essays by Henry W. Russell, Ted R. Spivey, David Robinson,nGushing Strout, Russell Nieli, Max Putzel.nAn important reconsideration of the novels of William Humphreynby Gary Davenport.nA chapter from Walker Percy’s new novel, The Thanatos Syndrome,nand “The Business Venture,” a new story by Elizabeth Spencer.nOther stories by Jude Roy, Martha Lacy Hall, Jack Sharman,nCharles Erwin.nPoems by Rosanne Coggeshall, James Whitehead, William Page,nNeal Bowers, Don Keck DuPree, Anthony Robbins, Paul Ruffin,nJohn Daniel.nBusiness Manager, The Southern Review,n43 Allen Hall, Lxjuisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803nPlease enter my subscription to The Southern Review for:nn 1 year, $12 Q 2 years, $21 D 3 years, $30n• My check is enclosed. Charge • Visa Q MasterCardnName Acct. #nAddress .nnnInterbank # (MC).n_ Expiration Date _nSignaturenMM 1987/45n