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Between Heaven and Hell : The Myth of Siberia in Russian Culture - Galya Diment

Between Heaven and Hell

The Myth of Siberia in Russian Culture

By: Galya Diment (Editor), Yuri Slezkine (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 23rd March 1993
ISBN: 9780312060725
Number Of Pages: 292

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Siberia has no history of independent political existence, no claim to a separate ethnic identity, and no clear borders. Yet, it could be said that the elusive country 'behind the Urals' is the most real and the most durable part of the Russian landscape. For centuries, Siberia has been represented as Russia's alter ego, as the heavenly or infernal antithesis to the perceived complexity or shallowness of Russian life. It has been both the frightening heart of darkness and a fabulous land of plenty; the 'House of the Dead' and the realm of utter freedom; a frozen wasteland and a colourful frontier; a dumping ground for Russia's rejects and the last refuge of its lost innocence. The contributors to Between Heaven and Hell examine the origin, nature, and implications of these images from historical, literary, geographical, anthropological, and linguistic perspectives. They create a striking, fascinating picture of this enormous and mysterious land.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Notes on Contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Savage Christians or Unorthodox Russians? The Missionary Dilemma in Siberiap. 15
Avvakum and the Genesis of Siberian Literaturep. 33
Exiled from Siberia: The Construction of Siberian Experience by Early-Nineteenth-Century Irkutsk Writersp. 47
Paradoxical Perceptions of Siberia: Patrician and Plebeian Images up to the Mid-1880sp. 67
"Vo Glubine Sibirskikh Rud": Siberia and the Myth of Exilep. 95
The Regionalist Conception of Siberia, 1860 to 1920p. 113
Lenin and the Siberian Peasant Insurrectionsp. 133
Varlam Shalamov's Kolymap. 151
Siberia as Volia: Vasilii Shukshin's Search for Freedomp. 171
Stereotyping Interethnic Communication: The Siberian Native in Soviet Literaturep. 185
The Divided Self: Yuri Rytkheu and Contemporary Chukchi Literaturep. 215
Siberia Hot and Cold: Reconstructing the Image of Siberian Indigenous Peoplesp. 227
A Paradise Lost? Siberia and Its Writers, 1960 to 1990p. 255
Indexp. 274
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ISBN: 9780312060725
ISBN-10: 0312060726
Series: St Martins Press
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 23rd March 1993
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 15.39  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1