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Russia on the Edge
Imagined Geographies and Post-Soviet Identity
Edith W. Clowes
Through real and imagined geographies, examining post-Soviet debates about what it means to be Russian today.



Nabokov, Perversely
Eric Naiman
Eric Naiman explores the significance and consequences of Nabokov's insistence on bringing the issue of art's essential perversity to the fore, particularly in Lolita, Pnin, Bend Sinister, and Ada.



Stories of the Soviet Experience
Memoirs, Diaries, Dreams
Irina Paperno
Paperno argues that, diverse as they are, these narratives—memoirs, diaries, notes, blogs—assert the historical significance of intimate lives shaped by catastrophic political forces, especially the Terror under Stalin and World War II.



Overkill
Sex and Violence in Contemporary Russian Popular Culture
Eliot Borenstein
Borenstein argues that the popular cultural products consumed in the post-perestroika era were more than just diversions; they allowed Russians to indulge their despair over economic woes and everyday threats.



The Same Solitude
Boris Pasternak and Marina Tsvetaeva
Catherine Ciepiela
"Still, we have the same solitude, the same journeys and searching, and the same favorite turns in the labyrinth of literature and history."—Boris Pasternak to Marina Tsvetaeva One of the most compelling episodes of twentieth-century Russian...



Seeing Chekhov
Life and Art
Michael C. Finke
"Chekhov's keen powers of observation have been remarked by both memoirists who knew him well and scholars who approach him only through the written record and across the distance of many decades. To apprehend Chekhov means seeing how Chekhov sees...



The Five
A Novel of Jewish Life in Turn-of-the-Century Odessa
Vladimir Jabotinsky
The Five is an captivating novel of the decadent fin-de-siècle written by Vladimir Jabotinsky (1880–1940), a controversial leader in the Zionist movement whose literary talents, until now, have largely gone unrecognized by Western readers.



The Word Made Self
Russian Writings on Language, 1860–1930
Thomas Seifrid
When Osip Mandelstam wrote that the Russian word was "sentient and breathing flesh," he voiced one of the most powerful themes in his culture. In The Word Made Self, Thomas Seifrid explores this Russian fascination with the power of the word as...



Fiction's Overcoat
Russian Literary Culture and the Question of Philosophy
Edith W. Clowes
If Dostoevsky claimed that all Russian writers of his day "came out from Gogol's 'Overcoat,'" then Edith W. Clowes boldly expands his dramatic image to describe the emergence of Russian philosophy out from under the "overcoat" of Russian literature...



Flesh to Metal
Soviet Literature and the Alchemy of Revolution
Rolf Hellebust
"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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