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The Last Soviet Avant-Garde : OBERIU - Fact, Fiction, Metafiction - Graham Roberts

The Last Soviet Avant-Garde

OBERIU - Fact, Fiction, Metafiction

Hardcover Published: 28th June 1997
ISBN: 9780521482837
Number Of Pages: 292

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This is the first comprehensive study of a group of avant-garde Soviet writers active in Leningrad in the 1920s and 1930s who styled themselves OBERIU, 'The Association for Real Art'. Graham Roberts re-examines commonly held assumptions about OBERIU, its identity as a group, its aesthetics, and its place within the Russian and European literary traditions. He focuses on the prose and drama of group members Daniil Kharms, Aleksandr Vvedensky, and Konstantin Vaginov; he also considers work by Nikolay Zabolotsky and Igor Bakhterev, as well as the group's most important 'fellow-traveller', Nikolay Oleinikov. He places OBERIU in the context of the aesthetic theories of the Russian formalists and the Bakhtin circle. Roberts concludes by showing how the self-conscious literature of OBERIU - its metafiction - occupies an important transitional space between modernism and postmodernism.

Industry Reviews

'... a triumph of postmodern attitudes with regard to the Stalinist past.' Times Literary Supplement 'This book reveals perhaps for the first time the significance and achievement of a number of writers more of less closely connected with the OBERIU group centred in Leningrad in the late 1920s and the 1930s.' New Theatre Quarterly

Notes on transliteration and convention
Introduction: OBERIU - the last Soviet avant-garde
Authors and authority
Rereading reading
Language and representation
Conclusion: OBERIU - between modernism and postmodernism?
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ISBN: 9780521482837
ISBN-10: 0521482836
Series: Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 28th June 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.1 x 14.48  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.45