50 Writers: An Anthology of 20th Century Russian Short by Frank Miller, Valentina Brougher, Mark Lipovetsky

By Frank Miller, Valentina Brougher, Mark Lipovetsky

The most important, so much entire anthology of its variety, this quantity brings jointly major, consultant tales from each decade of the 20 th century. It contains the prose of formally famous writers and dissidents, either recognized and overlooked or forgotten, plus new authors from the tip of the century. the decisions mirror a number of the literary traits and methods to depicting fact during this period: conventional realism, modernism, socialist realism, and post-modernism. Taken as a complete, the tales seize each significant element of Russian existence, background and tradition within the 20th century. the wealthy array of subject matters and kinds should be of super curiosity to scholars and readers who are looking to find out about Russia during the attractive style of the quick tale.

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Caught in the maelstrom of history, she goes on to fight for the Red cause in Siberia and at the end of the civil war dreams of participating in building the new society promised — 36 — INTRODUCTION  in the near future. But the violence she witnessed and participated in during the years of the revolution and civil war have left their mark on her personality and behavior. Communicative violence assaults her from different directions: the women who share her communal apartment criticize her behind her back; the secretaries that work in her office building ridicule her; and most important, the man she decides is the one for her rudely rejects her overtures.

It would be a great simplification, however, to attribute the violence reflected in 20th century Russian short stories only to the impact of totalitarian regimes. One has only to read, for example, “Never” (2000), a story by Petrushevskaya, one of the leading representatives of women’s prose in the 1980s and 1990s. The heroine comes face-to-face with the irrepressible and irrational nature of violence in the “common people,” the narod. Some village young people threaten a city woman with physical violence simply because of vague rumors and outrageous suppositions started by the adults.

But if you ask the doctor, then on other days as well,” the nurse answered readily. ” The nurse was surprised, but answered that it could, and this response apparently made the sullen patient happy. And that whole day he was a bit more cheerful and, although he did not become more talkative, he now listened with a less gloomy look to everything that the sick deacon jabbered about so cheerfully, loudly and at such length. The deacon was from the Tambov Oblast3 and had been admitted to the clinic only the day before Lavrenty Petrovich, but he was already well acquainted with the residents of all five wards located upstairs.

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