The Twentieth-century Russian Novel: An Introduction
Eight of Russia's most popular and significant novels are presented in this important new guide for students. Works include:
- "We" by Evgenii Zamiatin
- "Red Cavalry" by Isaak Babel
- "Envy" by Iurii Olesha
- "How the Steel Was Tempered" by Nikolai Ostrovskii
- "The Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov
- "Doctor Zhivago" by Boris Pasternak
- "Cancer Ward" by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
- "Pushkin House" by Andrei Bitov
In each chapter, David Gillespie examines one novel in detail and explores the career of the author and the critical reception of the work. Throughout, considerable reference is made to recently published scholarship and archival materials to provide students and scholars of Russian and Comparative Literature with a guide to these important Russian authors and their place in the world of literature. The book also includes an extensive bibliography of secondary literature and contains textual references in both the original Russian and in English translation.
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65 ) . Indeed , lust and sex are on the level of the animal world , and sex is simply
a physical act . In ' The Widow ' sex is described in the same way as horses eat
their food , and in ' Chesniki ( Yechuku ) ' two horses mate as do humans .
Thus the atheist Berlioz receives after death the fate he had obviously craved .
Furthermore , the festivities of Woland ' s ball offer a bitter parody of the dancing
and carousing previously described in Griboedov House ( both events begin at ...
A tumour is described as a “ toad ' lurking in someone ' s body , and cancer itself
is ' the crab ' ( as it is in the zodiac ) . Vera is described as a gazelle , gentle and
timid , and the promiscuous young Asia is like a restive horse . The young Dema
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Isaak Babel 18941940 Red Cavalry Конармия
Iurii Olesha 18991960 Envy Зависть
Boris Pasternak 18901960 Doctor Zhivago
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