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Andrei Bitov Ellen Chances (Princeton University, New Jersey)

Andrei Bitov By Ellen Chances (Princeton University, New Jersey)


The first book-length study of Andrei Bitov, one of contemporary Russia's most original writers.

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Andrei Bitov: The Ecology of Inspiration by Ellen Chances (Princeton University, New Jersey)

This is the first book on Andrei Bitov, one of contemporary Russia's most original writers. It plots his evolution from his early publications of the post-Stalin years to his mature masterpieces of the glasnost era. Ellen Chances assesses his place both in the Russian literary tradition from Pushkin onwards, and as part of a broader, international cultural heritage including Dickens, Fellini, and Proust. She explores his themes, from the psychological effects of Stalin on Soviet society to universal questions such as the human being's relationship with nature, history and culture, and discovers in his deeply philosophical and intensely psychological writings an innovative methodology, 'ecological prose', that goes beyond modernist and post-modernist fragmentation in search of the wholeness of life.

Andrei Bitov Reviews

'A brilliant analysis of one of the most difficult contemporary Russia n writers, one about whom many Soviet literary critics have gnashed their teeth. Ellen Chances' work is distinguished by a spirit of independence and by a genuine depth - qualities that link her writing with that of Bitov himself.' Natalia Ivanova, Moscow literary critic and deputy editor of the literary journal Znamia
'A fine, impressive work ... a very intelligent and sensitive analysis.' George Gibian, Cornell University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; 1. Andrei Bitov's ecological prose; 2. The Big Balloon: terrestrial and celestial spheres; 3. Such a long Childhood: growing pains; 4. Dacha District: automatic pilot living and creative living; 5. Apothecary Island: 'I-lands' of existence; 6. Image of Life: life and images of life; 7. Seven Journeys: journeys to the other and journey to the self; 8. The Days of Man: roles and themes; 9. Metropol: Bitov's stories about Life and Death; 10. Sunday: more 'I-lands' and journeys; 11. Pushkin House: the riddles of life and literature; 12. Bitov's post-Pushkin House prose, or life in the images of life; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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Andrei Bitov: The Ecology of Inspiration by Ellen Chances (Princeton University, New Jersey)
Cambridge University Press
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