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Pushkin House (American Literature (Dalkey Archive)) - Andrei Bitov, Susan Brownsberger
Pushkin House (American Literature (Dalkey Archive))
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"Probably the most interesting work to come out of Soviet literature since the Twenties."—London Review of BooksNo other contemporary novel provides such clear insight into the Russian mind and way of life as Andrei Bitov's Pushkin House. First published in the United States in 1987 and highly... show more
"Probably the most interesting work to come out of Soviet literature since the Twenties."—London Review of BooksNo other contemporary novel provides such clear insight into the Russian mind and way of life as Andrei Bitov's Pushkin House. First published in the United States in 1987 and highly praised for its inventiveness, Pushkin House survives as a literary masterpiece, even after the fall of Communism. Though the novel's focus is a love affair between Lyova and Faina, the novel's true subject is an investigation of the corruption of Soviet intellectual life and history. Working within many of the confines imposed upon him during the Soviet regime, Bitov ingeniously draws upon Russian literary models, especially that of Nabokov, in order to parody and satirize the stifling society about him, as well as Russian literary tradition.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781564782007 (156478200X)
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Pages no: 371
Edition language: English
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A dense read but worth the trudge. ETA: After fishing through my notes from that reading period I had noted:- painfully tries to be intellectual- real genius is not forced- purposeful obfuscation- addictive. Just when you want to dent a wall with it along comes a thread and a thought...So maybe I sh...
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