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Russian Literature Since the Revolution

Revised and Enlarged Edition

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ISBN 9780674782044

Publication Date: 10/29/1982


413 pages

6 x 9 inches


  • Introduction: Literature and the Political Problem
  • 1. Since 1917: A Brief History
    • Soviet Literature
    • Persistence of the Past
    • Fellow Travelers
    • Proletarians
    • The Stalinists
    • Socialist Realism
    • The Thaw
    • The Sixties and Seventies
  • 2. Mayakovsky and the Left Front of Art
    • The Suicide Note
    • Vladimir Mayakovsky, A Tragedy
    • The Cloud
    • “The Backbone Flute”
    • The Commune and the Left Front
    • The Bedbug and The Bath
    • Mayakovsky as a Monument
    • Poets of Different Camps
  • 3. Prophets of a Brave New World
    • The Machine and England
    • Olesha’s Critique of the Reason
    • Envy and Rage
  • 4. The Intellectuals, I
    • Serapions
    • Boris Pilnyak: Biology and History
  • 5. The Intellectuals, II
    • Isaac Babel: Horror in a Minor Key
    • Konstantin Fedin: The Confrontation with Europe
    • Leonov and Katayev
    • Conclusion
  • 6. The Proletarians, I
    • The Proletcult
    • The Blacksmith Poets
    • Yury Libedinsky: Communists as Human Beings
    • Tarasov-Rodionov: “Our Own Wives, Our Own Children”
    • Dmitry Furmanov: An Earnest Commissar
    • A. S. Serafimovich: A Popular Saga
  • 7. The Proletarians, II
    • Fyodor Gladkov: A Literary Autodidact
    • Alexander Fadeyev: The Search for a New Leo Tolstoy
    • Mikhail Sholokhov: The Don Cossacks
    • A Scatter of Minor Deities
    • Conclusion
  • 8. The Critic Voronsky and the Pereval Group
    • Criticism and the Study of Literature
    • Voronsky
    • Pereval
  • 9. The Levers of Control under Stalin
    • Resistance
    • The Purge
    • The Literary State
  • 10. Zoshchenko and the Art of Satire
  • 11. After Stalin: The First Two Thaws
    • Pomerantsev, Panova, and The Guests
    • Ilya Ehrenburg and Alexey Tolstoy
    • The Second Thaw
    • The Way of Pasternak
  • 12. Into the Underground
    • The Literary Parties
    • The Trouble with Gosizdat: End of a Thaw
    • Buried Treasure: Platonov and Bulgakov
    • The Exodus into Samizdat and Tamizdat: Sinyavsky
  • 13. Solzhenitsyn and the Epic of the Camps
    • One Day
    • The First Circle and The Cancer Ward
    • The Gulag
    • The Calf and the Oak: Dichtung and Wahrheit
    • Other Contributions to the Epic
  • 14. The Surface Channel, I: The Village
  • 15. The Surface Channel, II: Variety of Theme and Style
    • The City: Intelligentsia, Women, Workers
    • The Backwoods: Ethical Problems
    • Other New Voices of the Sixties and Seventies
    • World War II
    • Published Poets
    • A Final Word on Socialist Realism
  • 16. Exiles, Early and Late
    • The Exile Experience
    • “Young Prose” and What Became of It
    • Religious Quest: Maximov and Ternovsky
    • Truth through Obscenity: Yuz Aleshkovsky
    • Transcendence and Tragedy: Erofeev’s Trip
    • Poetry of the Daft: Sasha Sokolov
    • Perversion of Logic as Ideology: Alexander Zinoviev
    • A Gathering of Writers
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index

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