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Common Places

Mythologies of Everyday Life in Russia

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$50.00 • £40.95 • €45.00

ISBN 9780674146266

Publication Date: 01/23/1995


384 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

12 halftones


Visitors and outsiders have long lamented that the real lives of Soviet citizens were hidden behind a veil of official rhetoric. The private self was kept separate from the public self as a sort of defensive or coping mechanism. Boym, who was raised in Leningrad but has lived in the West for 13 years, analyzes the dichotomy between the common meeting places of public life and the no-places of private life and discerns a cultural tradition that still persists. Her themes are the communal apartment (which deprived all residents of a private life), graphomania (the compulsion to bad writing), and the spiritual self in Russian philosophy. Examples are drawn from film, literature, painting, and philosophy of the 19th and, primarily, 20th centuries.—Marcia L. Sprules, Library Journal

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