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Censorship in Soviet Literature, 1917-1991
     

Censorship in Soviet Literature, 1917-1991

by Herman Ermolaev
 

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In the first comprehensive picture of Soviet literary censorship, Herman Ermolaev highlights the aims of censorship and its evolution during shifts in Communinist Party policy. He draws on a great variety of primary and secondary sources, including over 200 literary works; the Soviet government's decrees on censorship and publishing; books and articles on

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In the first comprehensive picture of Soviet literary censorship, Herman Ermolaev highlights the aims of censorship and its evolution during shifts in Communinist Party policy. He draws on a great variety of primary and secondary sources, including over 200 literary works; the Soviet government's decrees on censorship and publishing; books and articles on censorship; political and historical writings; and personal correspondences with writers, editors, and a former high-ranking Glavlit official. Censorship in Soviet Literature will interest scholars of Soviet literature, politics, history, and culture and provides an excellent reference on Soviet literary censorship.

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Slavic Review
Herman Ermolaev's new book is an excellent contribution to this [Soviet censorship] literature and will be of interest to scholars, students, and general readers.
CHOICE
A revealing and detailed historical overview . . .
John B. Dunlop
This book is a pathbreaking attempt to trace the development and workings of Soviet literary censorship from 1917-1991. The style is witty and pungent, and the scholarship, solid and impressive.
The International Fiction Review - Allan Reid
A systematic history of Soviet Russian literature is still waiting to be written. However, when it does appear, Herman Emolaev's study of Soviet (Russian) censorship will be a key companion to it. He has produced a detailed overview of this complex phenomenon, added to it a range of important examples, and documented it all very capably. The result is a readable and usable guide to a very nasty business.
Choice
A revealing and detailed historical overview . . ..
The International Fiction Review
A systematic history of Soviet Russian literature is still waiting to be written. However, when it does appear, Herman Emolaev's study of Soviet (Russian) censorship will be a key companion to it. He has produced a detailed overview of this complex phenomenon, added to it a range of important examples, and documented it all very capably. The result is a readable and usable guide to a very nasty business.
— Allan Reid

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847683222
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/21/1996
Pages:
346
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.76(d)

Meet the Author

Herman Ermolaev is professor of Russian and Soviet literature at Princeton University. His previous books include Soviet Literary Theories, 1917-1934: The Genesis of Socialist Realism and an edited translation of Maxim Gorky's Untimely Thoughts: Essays on Revolution, Culture, and the Bolsheviks, 1917-1918.

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