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Stories of the Soviet experience : memoirs, diaries, dreams

Author: Irina Paperno
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, ©2009.
Series: Cornell paperbacks.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Beginning with glasnost in the late 1980s and continuing into the present, scores of personal accounts of life under Soviet rule, written throughout its history, have been published in Russia, marking the end of an epoch. In a major new work on private life and personal writings, Irina Paperno explores this massive outpouring of human documents to uncover common themes, cultural trends, and literary forms. The book  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Irina Paperno
ISBN: 9780801448393 0801448395 9780801475900 0801475902
OCLC Number: 319601765
Language Note: Text in English and Russian.
Description: xv, 285 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: pt. I. Memoirs and Diaries Published at the End of the Soviet Epoch : An Overview. Publishers, Authors, Texts, Reader, Corpus ; The Background : Memoir Writing and Historical Consciousness ; Connecting the "I" and History ; Revealing the Intimate ; Building a Community (Moving in with a New Text ; Joining the Ranks of Victims ; Remembering Stalin : Tears ; Disagreeing ; Family Memoirs ; Two Memoirs and a Novel Tell the Same Story ; Generalizations : Soviet Memoirs as a Communal Apartment) ; Writing at the End (The Archive and the Apocalypse ; The End of the Intelligentsia) ; Qualification : The "I" in Quotation Marks ; Excursus : Readers Respond in LiveJournal ; Concluding Remarks --
pt. II. Two Texts : Close Readings. Lidiia Chukovskaia's Diary of Anna Akhmatova's Life : "Intimacy and Terror" (The Years of Terror : In "the Torture Chamber" ; Family and Home : "The Cesspit of a Communal Apartment" ; During the War ; "A New Epoch Began" : After 1953 ; Concluding Vignette : "She'll Tell You What 1937 Was Like") ; The Notebooks of the Peasant Evgeniia Kiseleva : "The War Separated Us Forever" (Notebook 1 : "The Story of My Life" ; Notebooks 2 and 3 ; How These Notebooks Reached the Reader : The Interpreters ; Concluding Remarks) --
pt. III. Dreams of Terror : Interpretations. Comments on Dreams as Stories and as Sources ; Andrei Arzhilovsky : The Peasant Raped by Stalin ; Nikolai Bukharin Dreams of Stalin : Abraham and Isaac ; Writers' Dreams : Mikhail Prishvin ; Writers' Dreams : Veniamin Kaverin ; The Dreams of Anna Akhmatova ; A Comment on Writers' and Peasants' Theories of Dreams ; A Philosopher's Dreams : Yakov Druskin ; Stalin's Dream ; Concluding Remarks.
Series Title: Cornell paperbacks.
Responsibility: Irina Paperno.
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