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  • Print publication year: 1992
  • Online publication date: March 2008

11 - Afterword: Russian literature in the 1980s

The decade of the 1980s divides neatly into two equal halves. The first half hung the shadow of the gloomy 'period of stagnation'. After the events of April 1985, Russian literature experienced an upheaval surpassing anything known to the history not only of Russian culture, but of world culture generally. During the latter half of the 1980s, Russian readers first made the acquaintance of Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago, the creator of other innovative works, an original writer quite unlike his predecessors. There is one poet whom Russian readers will now have the opportunity to investigate more profoundly: Vyacheslav Ivanov, that 'dangerous' idealist philosopher, religious thinker, and Symbolist theoretician, who has not been published for decades. The second half of the 1980s will go down in history as the time when all the artificial barriers came down between the Russian literatures of East and West, modernism and realism, underground and the world of legality, between socialist and antisocialist, party and non-party tendencies.
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The Cambridge History of Russian Literature
  • Online ISBN: 9781139055444
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