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Politics and the novel during the Cold War

Author: David Caute
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"David Caute's wide-ranging study examines how outstanding novelists of the Cold War era conveyed the major issues of contemporary politics and history. In the United States and Western Europe the political novel flourished in the 1930s and 1940s, the crisis years of economic depression, fascism, the Spanish Civil War, the consolidation of Stalinism, and the Second World War." "Starting with the high hopes generated  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Uwe Johnson; Franz Kafka; Christa Wolf
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Caute
ISBN: 9781412811613 1412811619
OCLC Number: 351324708
Description: 403 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Commentary : the Spanish labyrinth --
Malraux : Days of hope --
Hemingway : For whom the bell tolls --
Dos Passos : betrayal --
Orwell : Homage to Catalonia --
Koestler : sentence of death --
Commentary : the Soviet trials --
Beyond Darkness at noon --
Serge : The case of comrade Tulayev --
Orwell : from big pig to big brother --
Commentary : totalitarianism, ideology, power --
Sartre : history, fiction and the party --
Commentary : Soviet forced labour camps --
Koestler and the little flirts --
Commentary : fellow-travellers --
Greene : The quiet American --
Commentary : the socialist realist novel from war to cold war --
The tragic case of Vasily Grossman --
Commentary : collectivization --
Pasternak : Doctor Zhivago --
Chukovskaya : honour among women --
Commentary : purge and terror --
The iron fist : the trial of Daniel and Sinyavsky --
Foreign affairs : the menace of Kafka --
Germany doubly divided : Christa Wolf and Uwe Johnson --
One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich --
The first circle --
Commentary : Stalin and Lenin in Soviet fiction --
From Cancer ward to The gulag archipelago --
Commentary : bureaucracy, the new class and double standards --
Vladimov : Faithful Ruslan --
Commentary : fiction, the new journalism, and the postmodern --
Mailer : The armies of the night --
Fiction and the Rosenbergs : E.L. Doctorow and Robert Coover --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: David Caute.

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-[A]n exhaustive analysis of Cold War fiction is created, read, and criticized in the context of the last century's most rhetorical of conflicts.- --Olga Voronina, The Russian Review -Caute's new Read more...

 
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