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

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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...
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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521025997
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • 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)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
1 Burning embers 1
2 Modernist responses to war and revolution: the Jewish Jesus 40
3 The Jewishness of Babel 71
4 The 'colour' of Judaism: Osip Mandelstam's Noise of Time 112
5 The father, the son and Holy Russia: Boris Pasternak, Hermann Cohen and the religion of Doctor Zhivago 139
6 Ilia Ehrenburg, the eternal chameleon 165
Epilogue: Hope betrayed 205
Notes 218
Index 273
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