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By Frank Miller, Valentina Brougher, Mark Lipovetsky

The biggest, such a lot accomplished anthology of its sort, this quantity brings jointly major, consultant tales from each decade of the 20th century. It contains the prose of formally well-known writers and dissidents, either recognized and overlooked or forgotten, plus new authors from the top of the century. the decisions mirror some of the literary developments and techniques to depicting fact during this period: conventional realism, modernism, socialist realism, and post-modernism. Taken as a complete, the tales catch each significant point of Russian existence, historical past and tradition within the 20th century. the wealthy array of issues and kinds could be of great curiosity to scholars and readers who are looking to find out about Russia during the attractive style of the quick tale.

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Even in the cleanest houses the air always had a distinctive smell of something that belonged only to that house and to those people. But here the air had an impersonal quality and did not have a smell. Doctors and students were always attentive and courteous; they would joke, pat him on the shoulder and comfort him, but when they stepped away from Lavrenty Petrovich, it would occur to him that the people at his side were all only employees and conductors along a mysterious road. They had already transported thousands of people and continued to transport them every day, and their conversations and inquiries were merely questions about the ticket.

The historical parallelism between Kharms’ miniatures — 32 — INTRODUCTION  and Nabokov’s story is noteworthy. Kharms’ stories reflect the purges of the 1930s. Nabokov’s work is written in Germany in 1937, when the writer’s wife and son were ordered to wear the Mogendavid; only the flight of the Nabokovs to France saved them from a concentration camp. It would be a great simplification, however, to attribute the violence reflected in 20th century Russian short stories only to the impact of totalitarian regimes.

And all the old words—vodka, life, health—took on a new and deeper meaning. The students listened to his heart and thumped his chest. They would often appear when the doctors were not there, and some would ask him to undress in a few direct words, others with timid indecisiveness, and his body would be examined yet again with care and much interest. Conscious of the importance of what they were doing, they kept a record of his illness, and it seemed to Lavrenty Petrovich that now all — 45 —  Leonid Andreyev  of him had been transferred to the pages of those notes.

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