Flesh to Metal: Soviet Literature and the Alchemy of Revolution

Flesh to Metal: Soviet Literature and the Alchemy of Revolution

by Rolf Hellebust
     
 

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"That science-fiction future in which technology would make everything very good—or very bad—has not yet arrived. From our vantage point at least, no age appears to have had a deeper faith in the inevitability and imminence of such a total...See more details below

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"That science-fiction future in which technology would make everything very good—or very bad—has not yet arrived. From our vantage point at least, no age appears to have had a deeper faith in the inevitability and imminence of such a total...

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"Hellebust surveys the USSR's obsessive images involving transformation of humans into metal and machines. . . Hellebust's discussion of the 1960s 'scientific-technological revolution' is particularly welcome, since very few Western scholars address this topic. . . Hellebust's style is unusually lively and engaging, complementing sound research and a sophisticated theoretical framework. The volume contains several illustrations and an impressive bibliography and endnotes. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All collections and levels."—Choice, March 2004

"Flesh to Metal leaves me extremely impressed by its author's innovation and erudition. Beyond simply elaborating the heretofore unexplored motif of the flesh/metal dynamic, Rolf Hellebust engages in a scholarly excavation of its philosophical and cultural antecedents with erudition so naturalized as to result in reasoning that is virtually seamless. This is an important book and adds greatly to our understanding of the dynamics of Soviet culture."—Eliot Borenstein, New York University

"Flesh to Metal is a highly original account of the relationship of the body, metal, and the media, a dazzling inquiry into how metaphors are forged into 'hard signs.' A must for anyone interested in the poetic hardware of Soviet/Russian cultural history."—Sven Spieker, University of California, Santa Barbara

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ISBN-13:
9780801488924
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)

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