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Andrei Bitov
The Ecology of Inspiration

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature

  • Date Published: March 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521025270

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  • This is the first book-length study of Andrei Bitov, one of contemporary Russia's most original writers. It plots his evolution from the post-Stalin years to his mature masterpieces of the glasnost era and assesses his place in the Russian and international literary tradition. Ellen Chances explores his themes, from the psychological effects of Stalin on Soviet society to universal questions such as the human being's relationship with nature, history and culture, and describes how his writings go beyond modernist and postmodernist fragmentation in search of the wholeness of life.

    • This is the first book in any language about one of the most original writers currently active in Russia
    • Pushkin House has been translated into several languages, including English and French; several more works due to appear in English soon
    • Bitov was on the Booker Prize jury in 1992; Ellen Chances knows him personally and has had his co-operation in this project
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "A brilliant analysis of one of the most difficult contemporary Russian writers, one about whom many Soviet literary critics have gnashed their teeth. Ellen Chances' work is distinguished by a spirit of independence and by a genuine depth--qualities that link her writing with that of Bitov himself." Natalia Ivanova, Znamia

    "Andrei Bitov: The Ecology of Inspiration presents in a refreshingly distinctive style a cogent, often ingenious analysis of the oeuvre of one of the major living Russian authors...an excellent and thought-provoking introduction to an important body of contemporary writings." Catherine S. Nepomnyashchy, Slavic Review

    "...a well-documented study of the writer from his early essays in the 1950s to his stories from the late 1980s....Andrei Bitov: The Ecology of Inspiration is a valuable resource for anyone who teaches or contemplates doing research on this author, and tells us much about how one idiosyncratic--yet hardly isolated--author moved through the years between the early thaw of 1956 and the full 'spring' of 1985. It is not the last word on Bitov--who is still writing--but it is an attentive, informed, and affectionate reading of an important living author." Kathleen Parthé, Slavic and East European Journal

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    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521025270
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    1. Andrei Bitov's ecological prose
    2. The Big Balloon: terrestrial and celestial spheres
    3. Such a long Childhood: growing pains
    4. Dacha District: automatic pilot living and creative living
    5. Apothecary Island: 'I-lands' of existence
    6. Image of Life: life and images of life
    7. Seven Journeys: journeys to the other and journey to the self
    8. The Days of Man: roles and themes
    9. Metropol: Bitov's stories about Life and Death
    10. Sunday: more 'I-lands' and journeys
    11. Pushkin House: the riddles of life and literature
    12. Bitov's post-Pushkin House prose, or life in the images of life
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Ellen Chances, Princeton University, New Jersey
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