Western Crime Fiction Goes East (Hardback)
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Short Description for Western Crime Fiction Goes East This book examines the staggering popularity of early-twentieth-century Russian detective serials, traditionally maligned as "Pinkertonovshchina," and posits the "red Pinkerton" as a vital "missing link" between pre- and post-Revolutionary popular literature.
- Published: 01 October 2012
- Format: Hardback 196 pages
- ISBN 13: 9789004233102 ISBN 10: 9004233105
- Sales rank: 515,448
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This book examines the staggering popularity of early-twentieth-century Russian detective serials. Traditionally maligned as "Pinkertonovshchina," these appropriations of American and British detective stories featuring Nat Pinkerton, Nick Carter, Sherlock Holmes, Ethel King, and scores of other sleuths swept the Russian reading market in successive waves between 1907 and 1917, and famously experienced a "red" resurgence in the 1920s under the aegis of Nikolai Bukharin. The book presents the first holistic view of "Pinkertonovshchina" as a phenomenon, and produces a working model of cross-cultural appropriation and reception. The "red Pinkerton" emerges as a vital "missing link" between pre- and post-Revolutionary popular literature, and marks the fitful start of a decades-long negotiation between the regime, the author, and the reading masses.