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By Frank Miller, Valentina Brougher, Mark Lipovetsky

The biggest, such a lot complete anthology of its type, this quantity brings jointly major, consultant tales from each decade of the 20th century. It contains the prose of formally well-known writers and dissidents, either famous and missed or forgotten, plus new authors from the tip of the century. the choices mirror some of the literary developments and methods to depicting truth during this period: conventional realism, modernism, socialist realism, and post-modernism. Taken as a complete, the tales catch each significant element of Russian existence, background and tradition within the 20th century. the wealthy array of issues and kinds might be of super curiosity to scholars and readers who are looking to find out about Russia during the attractive style of the fast tale.

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The theme of communicative violence plays an important role in the literature of the 1920s (as evidenced in the stories by Zoshchenko or Sholokhov included in this volume). However, it finds its most creative expression in literature of the 1930s, in the absurdist miniatures and minimalist narratives of Kharms. The stories included in this anthology, taken from a cycle of stories gathered under the title Incidents (19331939), reflect quite fully the theme of communication through violence and the manifold functions of violence that lie at the basis of Kharms’ world of the absurd.

Galoshes” (1988) by Victor Erofeyev, set in the post-war years, has a number of scenes where violence in daily discourse is a fact of life for adults and particularly for one small school boy. His teacher, who has just been verbally chastised by the principal, goes on to humiliate him in front of his classmates as she questions him about some galoshes he had stuck into his pocket. Both Gorenshtein’s and Erofeeyev’s stories imply that communicative violence is not only a part of daily life but infectious.

He comes to feel that a child’s innocence and wonder at the world are somehow connected with a spirituality which becomes more and more lost with adulthood and all the trials and disappointments that each year of life brings. “Girl of My Dreams” (1985), an autobiographical story by Bulat Okudzhava, a Georgian-Armenian who writes in Russian, would seem at first glance to be a story about the restoration of a family. A mother who has spent many years in the Gulag* finally returns to join her student son.

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