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Jews in Russian Literature after the October Revolution: Writers and Artists between Hope and Apostasy
     

Jews in Russian Literature after the October Revolution: Writers and Artists between Hope and Apostasy

by Anthony Professor Cross (Editor), Catriona Kelly (Editor), Efraim Sicher
 
This study shows how four famous Jews writing in Russian in the early Soviet period attempted to resolve the conflict between their cultural identity and their place in Revolutionary Russia. Babel, Mandelstam, Pasternak and Ehrenburg struggled to form creative selves out of the contradictions of origins, outlook and social or ideological pressures. Comparison of

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This study shows how four famous Jews writing in Russian in the early Soviet period attempted to resolve the conflict between their cultural identity and their place in Revolutionary Russia. Babel, Mandelstam, Pasternak and Ehrenburg struggled to form creative selves out of the contradictions of origins, outlook and social or ideological pressures. Comparison of literary texts and the visual arts reveals unexpected correspondences in the response to political and cultural change.Sicher provides a fascinating view of intercultural and intertextual connections and contrasts.

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"Sicher's erudition and analysis of the visual arts are excellent....In summarizing the arguments and reconsidering them from the viewpoint of these writers' Jewish identity, Sicher has done a valuable service. For those who know a lot about Russian-Jewish literature, but even for novices, this book is well woth reading." Nationalities Papers

"...an erudite and wide-ranging study. Cambridge University Press should be commended for reissuing it." —The Russian Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521025997
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

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