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- DescriptionThe Interval of Freedom was first published in 1960. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital techlogy to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.When Boris Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago was published in Europe and America in 1957 and 1958, the Western world was astonished and elated. But Doctor Zhivago is t the only significant literary work to come out of Soviet Russia recently. During four extraordinary years, 1954 to 1957, from Stalin's death to the aftermath of the Hungarian revolt, Soviet Russian authors were able to express their minds with unusual freedom. In this volume Professor Gibian examines various revelations made in Soviet literature during this interval of comparative freedom.Nearly a score of contemporary Soviet writers are considered in detail. The authors and their works are grouped according to three major subjects to which Soviet writers have devoted much attention: science, love and sex, and the literary villain or negative character. Works of the following writers are discussed in depth: Alexander Bek, Leonid Leov, Daniel Granin, Venyamin Kaverin, Vladimir Dudintsev, Semen Kirsav, S. Aleshin, Viktor Nekrasov, Nikolai Pogodin, Galina Nikolaeva, Alexander Korneichuk, Alexander Shtein, Alexander Volodin, Nikolai Gorbuv, Nikolai Zhdav, and Alexander Yahin. An entire chapter is devoted to Doctor Zhivago. In an introductory chapter, the author provides a survey of literary developments during the interval of freedom. In a final chapter he draws conclusions about the nature of the thinking of Soviet literary intelligentsia, comparing it with Western literary thought. The book is illuminating from social and political as well as literary viewpoints.
- Author BiographyGeorge Gibian held a joint appointment at Smith College as an associate professor in the departments of Russian and English. A native of Prague, he attended schools in France and England before coming to the United States, where he received degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, the School for Advanced International Studies, and Harvard University.
- Author(s)George Gibian
- PublisherUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Date of Publication01/01/1960
- FormatPaperback / softback
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight231 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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