See No Evil: Literary Cover-Ups and Discoveries of the Soviet Camp Experience

See No Evil: Literary Cover-Ups and Discoveries of the Soviet Camp Experience

by Dariusz Tolczyk
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300066082

ISBN-13: 9780300066081

Pub. Date: 09/28/1999

Publisher: Yale University Press

Believing that human actions could be controlled by a totalitarian government, Stalin and his followers subjected millions of Soviet citizens to acts of state terrorism and imprisonment in labor camps. But this was not enough. Seeking to control human thought as well, Soviet authorities provided official words and images to legitimize the gulag, distort its moral…  See more details below

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Believing that human actions could be controlled by a totalitarian government, Stalin and his followers subjected millions of Soviet citizens to acts of state terrorism and imprisonment in labor camps. But this was not enough. Seeking to control human thought as well, Soviet authorities provided official words and images to legitimize the gulag, distort its moral nature, and even glorify its "necessary" violence. This book is the first in English to examine official Soviet concentration camp literature from the early 1920s through the mid 1960s. Dariusz Tolczyk probes the evolution of this literature, the totalitarian thinking that inspired it, and the scandalous role played by Russian literary intellectuals who collaborated in its creation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300066081
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Series:
Russian Literature and Thought Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.83(w) x 8.57(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Fiction and Fear: Totalitarianism between Word and Experience1
2From Tragedy to Festival: Revolutionary Violence and Ethical Experimentation in the 1920s58
3The Glory of the Gulag: Stalin's Camps as Social Medicine93
4Hope Beyond Hope: Communist Martyrology and the Post-Stalinist Thaw184
5A Sliver in the Throat of Power: Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and the Boundaries of the Soviet Public Discourse253
Notes311
Index349

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