Dictionary of Russian literature since 1917 /
Wolfgang Kasack ; translated by Maria Carlson and Jane T. Hedges ; bibliographical revision by Rebecca Atack.
New York : Columbia University Press, 1988.
xvi, 502 p.
0231052421 (alk. paper)
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New York : Columbia University Press, 1988.
0231052421 (alk. paper)
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Translation of: Lexikon der russischen Litertur ab 1917, and of Lexikon der russischen Literatur ab 1917, Ergänzungsband.
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Includes bibliographies and indexes.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-01:
English-language guides to Russian literature are rare, but recent years have seen the publication of both the superb Handbook of Russian Literature, ed. by Victor Terras (CH, Sep '85) and the ongoing Modern Encyclopaedia of Russian and Soviet Literature, ed. by Harry B. Weber (v.1: CH, Jan '78). Now comes Kasack's fine dictionary of contemporary Russian literature. He commendably views Russian literature as one unified whole, whether produced by exiles or writers in the Motherland. The US edition of Kasack's careful work updates the German original (Stuttgart, 1976). This version contains entries for 619 authors and 87 subjects. Unlike Terras and Weber, Kasack made the editorial decision to exclude critics, scholars, and translators--unless they themselves produced "literary writings such as poems, plays, short stories, and novels. This means, of course, that a great critic such as Bakhtin gets excluded but that another important critic, Skhlovsky, is included because he also wrote "literary" works. Author entries are fairly lengthy for a dictionary, and each includes a primary and a secondary bibliography. Where translations exist, Kasack judiciously mentions them. Particular virtues of this dictionary are the interesting entries on talented young Russian authors; the information on the gifted emigre writers of the first and second wave emigrations unjustly forgotten because of their fate as exiles; and the important subject entries dealing with major Soviet and emigre literary journals. Highly recommended for academic libraries. -A. N. Vinh, Yale University
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