The Myth of the Non-Russian : Iskander and Aitmatov's Magical Universe
The Myth of the Non-Russian explores the magical realist prose of two non-Slavic authors writing in Russian in the Soviet Union in the 1970s-1980s. Erika Haber argues that these authors juxtaposed their native myth with Soviet myth, thus undermining the Soviet prescription of national conformity in art by suggesting a plurality of worlds and truths.
- Hardback | 182 pages
- 152.4 x 231.1 x 17.8mm | 408.24g
- 01 Apr 2003
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Introduction: A Style of Their Own Chapter 2 What is Magical Realism? Chapter 3 Russian and Soviet Realisms Chapter 4 Fazil Iskander: Voice of Abkhazia Chapter 5 Chingiz Aitmatov: Conscience of Central Asia Chapter 6 Conclusion: Russian Magical Realism and the Bigger Picture
Haber's book will also be valuable for scholars with little or no background in Russian Studies, as the author attempts to place Russian magical realism "into a bigger picture." Slavic and East European Journal Haber has covered the territory that forms the background to her study comprehensively. She does a wonderful job of placing both magical realism and fantastic realism in historical and cultural context and, even more impressive, of distinguishing between them. Her observations about why fantastic realism called down on itself the ire of the authorities, while magical realism was grudgingly allowed to be published in the Soviet Union, are fresh, interesting, and insightful. Her insight has important implications for our understanding of how Soviet cultural policies were shaped. -- Catharine Nepomnyashchy, Columbia University
About Erika Haber
Erika Haber is Associate Professor of Russian Language and Literature at Syracuse University.