Persisting in Folly published

The theme of foolishness has long occupied an unusually prominent place in Russian culture, touching on key questions of national, spiritual, and intellectual identity. In literature, the figure of the fool – and the voice of the fool – has carried additional appeal as an enduring source of comic and stylistic innovation. Never has this … Continue reading

The Absolute Solution: Nabokov’s Response to Tyranny, 1938

In 1938 tyranny attained unprecedented power: the Nazis annexed Austria and the Sudetenland, the Soviet purge reached its peak and the persecution of the Jews escalated into the horror of Kristallnacht. Nabokov frequently engaged with the subject of totalitarianism, but in 1938, on the eve of the Second World War, he responded to the political … Continue reading

The Art of Accommodation

This collection of essays is a seminal contribution to the establishment of translation theory within the field of Russian literature and culture. It brings together the work of established academics and younger scholars from the United Kingdom, Russia, the United States, Sweden and France in an area of academic study that has been largely neglected … Continue reading

Mastering Chaos

«This is an interesting and important book, the first attempt to encapsulate the highly idiosyncratic œuvre and career of Evgeny Popov, a major and controversial figure in the late Soviet and post-Soviet literary landscape.» (Michael Pushkin, University of Birmingham) «Morris is excellent in his treatment of the writer’s attitude towards the past and history; and … Continue reading

Review of Lydia Ginzburg’s Alternative Literary Identities

New book Lydia Ginzburg’s Alternative Literary Identities, edited by Emily Van Buskirk and Andrei Zorin, is reviewed in 3:am magazine. Click here for the review. Known in her lifetime primarily as a literary scholar, Lydia Ginzburg (1902-1990) has become celebrated for a body of writing at the intersections of literature, history, psychology, and sociology. In highly … Continue reading

Review of Stalin’s Ghosts

New book Stalin’s Ghosts: Gothic Themes in Early Soviet Literature by Muireann Maguire is reviewed on languagehat.com. Click here for the review. Stalin’s Ghosts examines the impact of the Gothic-fantastic on Russian literature in the period 1920-1940. It shows how early Soviet-era authors, from well-known names including Fedor Gladkov, Mikhail Bulgakov, Andrei Platonov and Evgenii … Continue reading

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