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In Gogol's Shadow

In Gogol's Shadow (Hardback)

By Sinyavsky, Andrei
Translated by Billings, Josh

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  • Pub Date
    15 Dec 20

Andrei Sinyavsky wrote In Gogol's Shadow while serving time in a Soviet labor camp. Opening with Gogol's funeral, this unorthodox biography strips the man away from the myth. Sinyavsky challenges the deeply held Russian and Soviet view--promoted by Gogol--that Gogol was first and... foremost a political writer, whose biting satire was part of a quest for his country's salvation. In Gogol's Shadow reveals a writer more obsessed with language than with politics. Gogol's attempt to force his art neatly into the function of exposing social ills is undermined by his uncanny imagination and inventiveness. Over the course of his investigation, Sinyavsky's own style comes to recall the digressive, free-flowing prose of the author of Dead Souls and The Government Inspector. This irreverent and incisive analysis of Gogol's life and work is a path-breaking exploration of literary creativity in times of strict censorship and ideological control.
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ISBN 9780231181761
Released NZ 15 Dec 2020
Publisher Columbia University Press
Format Hardback
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Language English (translated from: Russian)
Series Russian Library
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ISBN-13 9780231181761
Stock Release date is 15 December 2020
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Columbia University Press
Imprint Columbia University Press
Released 15 Dec 2020
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Language English
Translated from Russian
Author(s) By Sinyavsky, Andrei
Translated by Billings, Josh
Series Russian Library
Category Literary Studies: General
Biography & Autobiography: Literary
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Dewey Code 891.784409
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Autobiography: Literary
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly;General/trade