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Introduction: Literature and the Political Problem1. Since 1917: A Brief HistorySoviet LiteraturePersistence of the PastFellow TravelersProletariansThe StalinistsSocialist RealismThe ThawThe Sixties and Seventies2. Mayakovsky and the Left Front of ArtThe Suicide NoteVladimir Mayakovsky, A TragedyThe Cloud The Backbone Flute The Commune and the Left FrontThe Bedbug and The BathMayakovsky as a MonumentPoets of Different Camps3. Prophets of a Brave New WorldThe Machine and EnglandOlesha's Critique of the ReasonEnvy and Rage4. The Intellectuals, ISerapionsBoris Pilnyak: Biology and History5. The Intellectuals, IIIsaac Babel: Horror in a Mir KeyKonstantin Fedin: The Confrontation with EuropeLeov and KatayevConclusion6. The Proletarians, IThe ProletcultThe Blacksmith PoetsYury Libedinsky: Communists as Human BeingsTarasov-Rodiov: , Our Own Wives, Our Own Children Dmitry Furmav: An Earnest CommissarA. S. Serafimovich: A Popular Saga7. The Proletarians, IIFyodor Gladkov: A Literary AutodidactAlexander Fadeyev: The Search for a New Leo TolstoyMikhail Sholokhov: The Don CossacksA Scatter of Mir DeitiesConclusion8. The Critic Voronsky and the Pereval GroupCriticism and the Study of LiteratureVoronskyPereval9. The Levers of Control under StalinResistanceThe PurgeThe Literary State10. Zoshchenko and the Art of Satire11. After Stalin: The First Two ThawsPomerantsev, Pava, and The GuestsIlya Ehrenburg and Alexey TolstoyThe Second ThawThe Way of Pasternak12. Into the UndergroundThe Literary PartiesThe Trouble with Gosizdat End of a ThawBuried Treasure: Platov and BulgakovThe Exodus into Samizdat and Tamizdat Sinyavsky13. Solzhenitsyn and the Epic of the CampsOne DayThe First Circle and The Cancer WardThe GulagThe Calf and the Oak: Dichtung and WahrheitOther Contributions to the Epic14. The Surface Channel, I: The Village15. The Surface Channel, II: Variety of Theme and StyleThe City: Intelligentsia, Women, WorkersThe Backwoods: Ethical ProblemsOther New Voices of the Sixties and SeventiesWorld War IIPublished PoetsA Final Word on Socialist Realism16. Exiles, Early and LateThe Exile Experience Young Prose and What Became of ItReligious Quest: Maximov and TervskyTruth through Obscenity: Yuz AleshkovskyTranscendence and Tragedy: Erofeev's TripPoetry of the Daft: Sasha SokolovPerversion of Logic as Ideology: Alexander ZivievA Gathering of WritersConclusionNotesSelected BibliographyIndex