"Boris Dralyuk's Western Crime Fiction Goes East is an impressive and enormously enjoyable piece of literary and cultural analysis; [it] provides fascinating insights into the evolution of Russian-Soviet popular culture and is a significant and striking addition to the current critical focus on cross-cultural crime fiction."
Lee Horsley, Lancaster University (http://www.crimeculture.com/?page_id=4215)
"The Red Pinkerton, long limited to walk-on parts in Soviet cultural studies, is finally the star of its own monograph. Prior research into this unique subgenre of Soviet pulp fiction has been insightful but frustratingly piecemeal. [...] Boris Dralyuk's definitive survey of the `Russian Pinkerton craze' consolidates, expands and enhances recent scholarship through a wideranging, engrossing investigation of early twentieth-century sources."
Muireann Maguire, University of Exeter (Slavonic and East European Review v. 92, no. 3)
"By the early 1930s the effort to generate communist alternatives to boulevard serials was widely judged to have been a failure, despite a few notable exceptions and the production of films from them [...] Despite their failure, however, Dralyuk asserts that the experiment should not be written off as a simple curiosity of the NEP era. Arguing that parody is a means of engaging with, while separating from, an artistic progenitor, he sees the red Pinkertons as a critical stage in the evolution of socialist realism rather than as a literary dead end. [...] Dralyuk has presented a well-researched and entertaining analysis that redeems the red Pinkerton as an important, albeit unsuccessful, episode in Soviet cultural history."
T. Clayton Black, Washington College, in The NEP Era: Soviet Russia 1921-1928, vol. 7.
" 'Western Crime Fiction Goes East' is an ambitious and wide-ranging work, but an eminently readable one [...] a highly readable book for general academic audiences, its appeal will likely be greatest among those with more than a passing interest in revolutionary Russian culture and literature. 'Western Crime Fiction Goes East' may not resolve the ongoing and often contentious relationship between genre and ideology, but the intriguing historical example it presents has the potential to inspire wider applications and further investigations into the subject."
Zachary Hoskins, University of Missouri - Kansas City in Journal of Popular Culture, February 2014
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