A Moving River of Tears: Russia's Experience in Finland

A Moving River of Tears: Russia's Experience in Finland

by Temira Pachmuss
     
 

This volume surveys the Russian effort throughout the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries to unite Russian and Finnish literature. The book discusses various contacts, meetings, disagreements, and conflicts between the Russians and the Finns in their interrelationship in the area of Russian literature and the Russian language. Diverse historical

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This volume surveys the Russian effort throughout the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries to unite Russian and Finnish literature. The book discusses various contacts, meetings, disagreements, and conflicts between the Russians and the Finns in their interrelationship in the area of Russian literature and the Russian language. Diverse historical sources and literary documents are cited. It is a study that reveals the Russian literary endeavor in Finland from 1808 to 1956, which glorified the idea of beauty, grace, and refinement, qualities of the artistic temperament stifled by the Bolsheviks.

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«In her latest work, 'A Moving River of Tears: Russia's Experience in Finland', Professor Pachmuss introduces the reader to the rich and varied literary achievements of Russian writers who lived in, or were associated with, Finland. Previously, this interesting subject was neglected by scholars. The list of names discussed in the book is testimony to the importance of this branch of the Russian literary tradition: among them are Pushkin, Lermontov, Baratynsky and Leonid Andreev. Professor Pachmuss brings to the subject her usual thorough scholarship and keen understanding of Russian literature. Her book will be of particular interest to the specialist, owing to the considerable amount of archival material included in it.» (Richard Tempest, University of Illinois)
« Temira Pachmuss is the noted author of a number of books on the subject of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian émigré literature. Her latest book, 'A Moving River of Tears: Russia's Experience in Finland', meticulously shows the extent to which Russian émigré talent contributed to Finnish culture, and is revealing in its sensitive analysis of literary works not only of famous Russian authors in Finland, such as Leonid Andreev and Elena Guro, but of all but forgotten Russian writers, such as Countess Rostopchina and Maria Krestovskaya. In this book on Russian literature in Finland, a subject not heretofore sufficiently examined by critics and scholars, the specialist will find an invaluable contribution to the history of Russian literature and culture.» (Ruth E. Lorbe, University of Illinois)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820419565
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/1993
Series:
American University Studies Series: Series 12: Slavic Languages and Literature, #15
Pages:
289

Meet the Author

The author: Temira Pachmuss is Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and in the Comparative Literature Program at the University of Illinois. Among her many academic honors are the Fullbright-Hays Fellowships and the Specialist Fellowship from the Finnish Ministry of Education. She has authored several books on Dostoevsky, Zinaida Hippius, women writers in Russian Modernism, Russian literature in the Baltic between the World Wars, and Russian literature in exile, D.S. Merezhkovsky in Exile (Peter Lang, 1990).

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