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Inhaltsangabe: Five Russian Stories is a reader featuring writings in Russian from the best modern writers of the post-Soviet era. The stories reflect cultural and political styles and concerns in Russian literature today. These stories were chosen for a varied audience: students of Russia, Russian history, political science and literature of all levels, and for those who are interested in Russian contemporary society and literature. The questions raised by these authors are ones that are being discussed in Russian today, and which, when examined, can provide some insight into contemporary Russia and Russian thought.
From the Inside Flap: INTRODUCTION:(partial)
The authors whose works are included in this reader are writing today; they are writing during a period when Russian literature and its artists are "finding themselves" in the post-Soviet period of rebuilding and redefining a nation, Russia, and its political, economic, social and artistic endeavors. The writers represented in this reader, although living in this new era, were educated during Soviet times and were raised on works of Socialist Realism, the artistic doctrine of the Soviet Union. In order to study their works in light of the current changes, it is beneficial to understand what Soviet literature aimed to present to its readers and how Russian literature, while moving away from Socialist Realism, has changed in the last several decades. A review of the historical background can provide insight into where the current literary endeavors may be heading.
Socialist Realism, an artistic doctrine that was defined by Andrej Zhdanov in his speech at the first All-Union Congress of Soviet Writers in 1934, outlined the aesthetical program of the former Soviet Union. Zhdanov prescribed that the writer must "know life in order to know how to depict it truthfully in artistic works, to depict it not scholastically, not inanimately, not simply as ‘objective reality,’ but to depict reality in its revolutionary development."1 He further states that "the truthfulness and historical concreteness of the artistic portrayal should be combined with the problems of ideological remolding and the education of the toiling masses in the spirit of socialism."2 Thus, during the Soviet period the writer was expected to depict life truthfully and to combine this realism with socialist ideological content.
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