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 finished 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 missed or forgotten, plus new authors from the top of the century. the choices mirror some 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 catch each significant point of Russian lifestyles, heritage and tradition within the 20th century. the wealthy array of subject matters and kinds may be of great curiosity to scholars and readers who are looking to find out about Russia during the enticing 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.

And he would ask everyone—be it a patient or a visitor—how tall that person’s wife was. — 47 —  Leonid Andreyev  “My wife is very tall,” he would say proudly after this or that answer. “And the children are just like her. ” Everything in the clinic—the cleanliness, the low price, the politeness of the doctors, the flowers in the corridor—evoked delight and tenderness in him. Now laughing, now crossing himself before an icon, he would pour out these feelings to the silent Lavrenty Petrovich and, when at a loss for words, he would exclaim, “No two ways about it!

Whenever his life improves again and he has achieved his objectives, he becomes bored by life’s senselessness and once again rebels against the existing order of things by new acts—sometimes criminal—of eccentricity. ” The eccentric rebellion of heroes in other stories is expressed in their open attempt to escape from the social reality that surrounds them by moving into the realm of culture, game-playing, and fantasy as the — 40 — INTRODUCTION  equivalent of freedom.

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