Between Exile and Asylum: An Eastern Epistolary

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"A collection of letters, written by a most extraordinary and yet typical representative of the East European intelligentsia, sent from Moscow, Mostar, and more recently Paris and Rome, where the author has lived since leaving war-torn Bosnia." Matvejevic first went to the USSR in 1972, as a guest of the Writers' Union, and described to his father the land that Matvejevic senior had not seen since leaving Odessa in 1921 (and that he would never see again in his lifetime). He chronicles the dissolution of the USSR, its final twenty years of
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Overview

"A collection of letters, written by a most extraordinary and yet typical representative of the East European intelligentsia, sent from Moscow, Mostar, and more recently Paris and Rome, where the author has lived since leaving war-torn Bosnia." Matvejevic first went to the USSR in 1972, as a guest of the Writers' Union, and described to his father the land that Matvejevic senior had not seen since leaving Odessa in 1921 (and that he would never see again in his lifetime). He chronicles the dissolution of the USSR, its final twenty years of existence, from the unique vantage point of a semi-insider - a half-Russian, non-aligned (Yugoslav) dissident intellectual rooted in the public debates and artistic life of both Western, Eastern and Central Europe. This story, moreover, parallels the simultaneous dissolution of Yugoslavia, to which the narrator refers increasingly as the book nears its end.
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  • ISBN-13: 9789639241855
  • Publisher: Central European University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Bk. 1 Heroides
To my forebears 3
Seven thousand days in Siberia 24
Sinyavsky-Daniel 27
Brodsky 30
Eurasian letters - continued 31
The Gulag Archipelago 55
Bk. 2 Steles
Soviet itineraries - continued 61
On letters, open and closed 86
Kolyma 90
To Varlam Shalamov 92
Russian letters - continued 95
Hostage to the truth 112
Cause for dismissal 114
Yellow star, white star 120
Confession 122
Bk. 3 Epitaphs
Rehabilitations 127
Nikolai Bukharin 131
Kropotkin - the dark prince 136
Maxim Gorky 139
Lev Trotsky 144
Goli Otok - another Gulag 148
Bk. 4 Apologias 153
Mikhail Bulgakov 156
Nadezhda Mandelshtam 161
Ariadna Efron 164
Kruzhok 166
Portraits of Stalin 168
On the perestroika of writers 174
For Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev 177
Archives and memory 181
For a new dissidence 183
An interrogation 186
Our disappointments - to Brodsky 188
Final letters 192
Heirs without heritage 193
Emigration and dissidence 195
The collapse of the intelligentsia 198
Okudzhava's response 201
A perverted slavicism 204
The Gulag so long ago 207
To Franjo Tudman 208
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