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The Irony of the Ideal

The Irony of the Ideal

Paradoxes of Russian Literature

by Mikhail Epstein
Paperback
Publication Date: 30/09/2018
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This book explores the major paradoxes of Russian literature as a manifestation of both tragic and ironic contradictions of human nature and national character. Russian literature, from Pushkin and Gogol to Chekhov, Nabokov and to postmodernist writers, is studied as a holistic text that plays on the reversal of such opposites as being and nothingness, reality and simulation, and rationality and absurdity. The glorification of Mother Russia exposes her character as a witch; a little man is transformed into a Christ figure; consistent rationality betrays its inherent madness, and extreme verbosity produces the effect of silence. The greatest Russian writers were masters of spiritual self-denial and artistic self-destruction, which explains many paradoxes and unpredictable twists of Russian history up to our time.
ISBN:
9781618119827
9781618119827
Category:
Literary studies: general
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
30-09-2018
Publisher:
Academic Studies Press
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
440
Dimensions (mm):
234x156mm

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