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    The Russian Revolutionary Novel: Turgenev to Pasternak (Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature) (Paperback) By (author) Richard Freeborn, Series edited by Catriona Kelly, Series edited by Anthony Cross, Series edited by Caryl Emerson, Series edited by Barbara Heldt, Series edited by Malcolm Jones, Series edited by Donald Rayfield, Series edited by G.S. Smith, Series edited by Victor Terras

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    DescriptionProfessor Freeborn's book is an attempt to identify and define the evolution of a particular kind of novel in Russian and Soviet literature: the revolutionary novel. This genre is a uniquely Russian phenomenon and one that is of central importance in Russian literature. The study begins with a consideration of Turgenev's masterpiece Fathers and Children and traces the evolution of the revolutionary novel through to its most important development a century later in Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago and the emergence of a dissident literature in the Soviet Union. Professor Freeborn examines the particular phases of the genre's development, and in particular the development after 1917: the early fiction which explored the relationship between revolution and instinct, such as Pil'nyak's The Naked Year; the first attempts at mythmaking in Leonov's The Badgers and Furmanov's Chapayev; the next phase, in which novelists turned to the investigation of ideas, exemplified most notably by Zamyatin's We; the resumption of the classical approach in such works as Olesha's Envy, which explore the interaction between the individual and society. and finally the appearance of the revolutionary epic in Gorky's The Life of Klim Samgin, Sholokhov's Quiet Flows the Don, and Alexey Tolstoy's The Road to Calvary. Professor Freeborn also examines the way this kind of novel has undergone change in response to revolutionary change; and he shows how an important feature of this process has been the implicit assumption that the revolutionary novel is distinguished by its right to pass an objective, independent judgement on revolution and the revolutionary image of man. This is a comprehensive and challenging study of a uniquely Russian tradition of writing, which draws on a great range of novels, many of them little-known in the West. As with other titles in this series all quotations have been translated.

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    The Russian Revolutionary Novel
    Turgenev to Pasternak
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Freeborn, Series edited by Catriona Kelly, Series edited by Anthony Cross, Series edited by Caryl Emerson, Series edited by Barbara Heldt, Series edited by Malcolm Jones, Series edited by Donald Rayfield, Series edited by G.S. Smith, Series edited by Victor Terras
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 316
    Width: 141 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 488 g
    ISBN 13: 9780521317375
    ISBN 10: 0521317371

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
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    BISAC V2.8: LIT004240
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    Abridged Dewey: 891
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004130
    DC22: 891.7309
    LC classification: PG3096.R48 F7 1982
    DC21: 891.7309
    LC classification: PG3096.R48
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    Illustrations note
    notes, bibliography, index
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    01 June 1985
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    ' ... a subtle, generous, and informative study, which will be of lasting value to scholar and general reader alike'. The Times Higher Education Supplement ' ... the book has the hallmark of fine scholarship. It combines erudition with elegance and always stimulates and challenges.' Slavonic Review
    Table of contents
    Preface; Introduction; 1. Egoistic nihilism and revolutionary nihilism; 2. Proletarian heroism and intelligentsia militancy; 3. The revolutionary novel; 4. The revolutionary epic; 5. Revolution and resurrection; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.