50 Writers. An Anthology of 20th Century Russian Short by Frank Miller, Valentina Brougher, Mark Lipovetsky

By Frank Miller, Valentina Brougher, Mark Lipovetsky

The biggest, such a lot entire anthology of its variety, this quantity brings jointly major, consultant tales from each decade of the 20 th century. It comprises the prose of formally famous writers and dissidents, either recognized and overlooked or forgotten, plus new authors from the top of the century. the choices mirror some of the literary traits and ways to depicting truth during this period: conventional realism, modernism, socialist realism, and post-modernism. Taken as a complete, the tales trap each significant point of Russian lifestyles, heritage and tradition within the 20th century. the wealthy array of topics and types could be of great curiosity to scholars and readers who are looking to know about Russia in the course of the enticing style of the fast tale.

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He would get angry at the patients who did not carry out the doctors’ orders, and he constantly and strictly admonished the fat Minayev from the tenth ward, because the doctors did not want Minayev to eat meat, but Minayev would take it quietly from his neighbors at the dinner table and swallow without chewing. From seven o’clock on, bright daylight coming through the huge windows would flood the ward and it would become as light as in a field, and the white walls, beds, polished copper basins and floors— everything would glisten and sparkle in the light.

But if you ask the doctor, then on other days as well,” the nurse answered readily. ” The nurse was surprised, but answered that it could, and this response apparently made the sullen patient happy. And that whole day he was a bit more cheerful and, although he did not become more talkative, he now listened with a less gloomy look to everything that the sick deacon jabbered about so cheerfully, loudly and at such length. The deacon was from the Tambov Oblast3 and had been admitted to the clinic only the day before Lavrenty Petrovich, but he was already well acquainted with the residents of all five wards located upstairs.

Violence is not only a very important social mechanism of the Soviet regime, but it also is a significant factor in Soviet day-to-day existence and psychology. In the short stories about the civil war and the first years after the revolution—be it in those of Babel, or even more clearly in a story such as Bulgakov’s “The Red Crown” (1922)—violence assumes horrific forms. The narrator has been driven mad by guilt over his younger brother’s violent death. ” There was no hair and no forehead, and blood was trickling out of where his eyes had been; a “red wreath” crowned what was left of his head.

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