Siberia on Fire: Stories and Essays by Valentin Rasputin / Edition 1

Siberia on Fire: Stories and Essays by Valentin Rasputin / Edition 1

by Valentin Rasputin, MARGARET WINCHELL, VALENTIN RASPUTIN
     
 

ISBN-10: 0875805477

ISBN-13: 9780875805474

Pub. Date: 10/28/1989

Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press

Siberia on Fire brings together some of the best stories and essays by Valentin Rasputin, widely regarded as the finest writer in the Soviet Union today. Although the people and places that make up his fiction are characteristically Siberian, Rasputin's broad appeal and international recognition stem from universal themes—the interdependent elements of

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Siberia on Fire brings together some of the best stories and essays by Valentin Rasputin, widely regarded as the finest writer in the Soviet Union today. Although the people and places that make up his fiction are characteristically Siberian, Rasputin's broad appeal and international recognition stem from universal themes—the interdependent elements of nature; the cultural and historical continuum maintained by past, present, and future generations; and the clash between modern and traditional mores.

Rasputin was born in a small Siberian village on the Angara River in 1937 and educated at Irkutsk University. His work displays his continuing concern about the economic development of the vast wilderness of Siberia and its effects on the land and the people. Siberia has undergone monumental changes brought on by the excesses of Stalinism in the twenties and thirties, the losses and deprivations during World War II, and the massive construction and modernization projects of more recent decades. A prominent feature of Rasputin's fiction, often associated with the "village prose" movement, is the portrayal of a traditional way of life that is vanishing along with huge tracts of forests and three-hundred-year-old villages.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780875805474
Publisher:
Northern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1989
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction
Fiction
Vasily and Vasilia (1966)
French Lessons (1973)
Live and Love (1981)
What Should I Tell the Crow? (1981)
The Fire (1985)
Auntie Ulita (1985)
Essays
Your Siberia and Mine (1984)
How Did They End Up in Irkutsk? (1984)
Baikal (1981)
What We Have: A Baikal Prologue Without an Epilogue (1987)
Your Son, Russia, and Our Passionate Brother: On Vasily Shukshin (1984)
The Truths of Aleksandr Vampilov (1977)
Appendix
Bibliography of Major Works by Valentin Rasputin

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