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The Russian Revolutionary Novel : Turgenev to Pasternak - Richard Freeborn

The Russian Revolutionary Novel

Turgenev to Pasternak

By: Richard Freeborn, Catriona Kelly (Editor), Anthony Cross (Editor), Caryl Emerson (Editor), Barbara Heldt (Editor)

Paperback Published: 29th April 1985
ISBN: 9780521317375
Number Of Pages: 316

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Professor Freeborn's book is an attempt to identify and define the evolution of a particular kind of novel in Russian and Soviet literature: the revolutionary novel. This genre is a uniquely Russian phenomenon and one that is of central importance in Russian literature. The study begins with a consideration of Turgenev's masterpiece Fathers and Children and traces the evolution of the revolutionary novel through to its most important development a century later in Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago and the emergence of a dissident literature in the Soviet Union. Professor Freeborn examines the particular phases of the genre's development, and in particular the development after 1917: the early fiction which explored the relationship between revolution and instinct, such as Pil'nyak's The Naked Year; the first attempts at mythmaking in Leonov's The Badgers and Furmanov's Chapayev; the next phase, in which novelists turned to the investigation of ideas, exemplified most notably by Zamyatin's We; the resumption of the classical approach in such works as Olesha's Envy, which explore the interaction between the individual and society. and finally the appearance of the revolutionary epic in Gorky's The Life of Klim Samgin, Sholokhov's Quiet Flows the Don, and Alexey Tolstoy's The Road to Calvary. Professor Freeborn also examines the way this kind of novel has undergone change in response to revolutionary change; and he shows how an important feature of this process has been the implicit assumption that the revolutionary novel is distinguished by its right to pass an objective, independent judgement on revolution and the revolutionary image of man. This is a comprehensive and challenging study of a uniquely Russian tradition of writing, which draws on a great range of novels, many of them little-known in the West. As with other titles in this series all quotations have been translated.

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' ... a subtle, generous, and informative study, which will be of lasting value to scholar and general reader alike'. Times Higher Education Supplement ' ... the book has the hallmark of fine scholarship. It combines erudition with elegance and always stimulates and challenges.' Slavonic Review

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Egoistic nihilism and revolutionary nihilismp. 4
Proletarian heroism and intelligentsia militancyp. 39
The revolutionary novelp. 65
Introductionp. 65
Revolution and instinctp. 77
Revolution and ideasp. 123
The revolutionary epicp. 172
Introductionp. 172
The Life of Klim Samginp. 174
Quiet Flows the Donp. 179
The Road to Calvaryp. 194
Revolution and resurrectionp. 200
Introductionp. 200
Doctor Zhivagop. 210
Conclusion: The death-birth of a worldp. 239
Notesp. 259
Bibliographyp. 287
Indexp. 297
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ISBN: 9780521317375
ISBN-10: 0521317371
Series: Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 29th April 1985
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.12  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.44

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