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La littérature des ravins : écrire sur la Shoah en URSS

Author: Annie Epelboin; Assia Kovriguina
Publisher: Paris : Robert Laffont, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : FrenchView all editions and formats
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Presents an overview of Russian-language Soviet literature (mainly poetry, but also memoirs) dealing with the Shoah in Nazi-occupied parts of the USSR published during the war and afterwards in the USSR. Discusses the specific features of this Holocaust literature, as opposed to Western European literature describing the experience of the Jews in the death camps. The Soviet Holocaust literature was written mostly by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Annie Epelboin; Assia Kovriguina
ISBN: 9782221127094 2221127099
OCLC Number: 852117974
Description: 294 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Annie Epelboin, Assia Kovriguina ; préface de Catherine Coquio.

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Presents an overview of Russian-language Soviet literature (mainly poetry, but also memoirs) dealing with the Shoah in Nazi-occupied parts of the USSR published during the war and afterwards in the USSR. Discusses the specific features of this Holocaust literature, as opposed to Western European literature describing the experience of the Jews in the death camps. The Soviet Holocaust literature was written mostly by non-Jewish eyewitnesses of the actions of the Einsatzgruppen, not by the Jewish victims themselves, of whom very few survived. This literature had to defy censorship, state antisemitism, and the eradication of the Shoah from official Soviet historiography, which was in line with the state ideology of promoting the myth of World War II as "the Great Patriotic War", in which the Soviet people stood united and heroic. The writers also had to come to terms with limitations imposed by socialist realism and, from 1985 on, with the gradually increasing awareness of the horrors of the Gulag. Some of the texts discussed appeared briefly in the USSR before they were censored; others appeared abroad, having been smuggled out, and were forgotten. Some of the poems in this book were not published previously. The preface by Catherine Coquio appears on pp. 7-12.

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