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Chapaev and His Comrades: War and the Russian Literary Hero Across the Twentieth Century

Angela Brintlinger

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Title: Chapaev and His Comrades: War and the ...

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Hardcover. 285 pages. Dimensions: 9.3in. x 6.3in. x 0.9in.Across the twentieth century, the Russian literary hero remained central to Russian fiction and frequently battled one enemy or another, whether on the battlefield or on a civilian front. War was the experience of the Russian people, and it became a dominant trope to represent the Soviet experience in literature as well as other areas of cultural life. This book traces those war experiences, memories, tropes, and metaphors in the literature of the Soviet and post-Soviet period, examining the work of Dmitry Furmanov, Fyodor Gladkov, Alexander Tvardovsky, Emmanuil Kazakevich, Vera Panova, Viktor Nekrasov, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Vladimir Voinovich, Sergei Dovlatov, Vladimir Makanin, Viktor Astafiev, Viktor Pelevin, and Vasily Aksyonov. These authors represented official Soviet literature and underground or dissident literature; they fell into and out of favor, were exiled and returned to Russia, died at home and abroad. Most importantly, they were all touched by war, and they reacted to the state of war in their literary works. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781618112026

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Synopsis: Across the 20th century, the Russian literary hero remained central to Russian fiction and frequently "battled" one enemy or another, whether on the battlefield or on a civilian front. Brintlinger traces those war experiences, memories, tropes, and metaphors in the literature of the Soviet and post-Soviet period.

Review: "Brintlinger presents a critical "defamiliarization" to stimulate another generation of readers and scholars to reexamine the tragic history of twentieth-century Russia and read its Salient writers from a new perspective. . . . Brintlinger's introduction not only introduces the diverse set of writers, issues, and thematic priorities of her main text. It also establishes her own voice as thoughtful, resourceful, scholarly, and well informed about the vast legacy of Russian war literature. . . . Bringing to the task a broad scholarly, philosophical vision and sharp, discrete critical tools, Brintlinger has produced a formidable work. It should serve as an indispensible guide to the literature of the Russian 'short twentieth century' (1917--1991)."--Byron Lindsey (University of New Mexico) "Slavic and East European Journal, 58.1 (Spring 2014) "

"Chapaev and His Comrades represents an important contribution to an already robust body of scholarly works on the theme of the hero in Russian literature, its specific merit being that it provides us with a comprehensive and nuanced reading of how Soviet and post-Soviet identity shaped itself around a century of almost constant war. . . . Brintlinger's monograph is an engaging one, and it adds significantly to our understanding of how Russian identity was constructed by the major conflicts of the twentieth century. Chapaev and His Comrades will be of interest to Slavists but also to those interested in peace and conflict studies."--Keith Livers "Slavic Review, vol. 73, no. 4 (Winter 2014) "

"Clearly written, Chapaev and his Comrades is invaluable to scholars of war culture and scholars of Soviet and post-Soviet literature. . . . this volume contributes greatly to the body of scholarship addressing the field of Soviet war literature, an understudied field in the West."--Adrienne M. Harris, Baylor University "The Russian Review, October 2013 (Vol. 72, No. 4) "

"Brintlinger has made a valuable contribution to the study of twentieth-century Russian literature by bringing the war hero out of the Socialist Realist ghetto, showing the nuances which reveal the complexities of supposedly 'official' texts, as well as the multiple allusions which connect them with 'unofficial' texts which may parody or ridicule them, but by doing so acknowledge their claim on the cultural imagination."--Katharine Hodgson (Department of Modern Languages, University of Exeter) "Slavonic & East European Review Vol. 92, No. 2, April 2014 "

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