Andrei Bitov: The Ecology of Inspiration by Ellen ChancesAndrei Bitov: The Ecology of Inspiration by Ellen Chances

Andrei Bitov: The Ecology of Inspiration

byEllen ChancesEditorCatriona Kelly

Paperback | March 30, 2006

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This is the first book-length study of Andrei Bitov, one of contemporary Russia's most original writers. It plots his evolution from the post-Stalin years to his mature masterpieces of the glasnost era and assesses his place in the Russian and international literary tradition. Ellen Chances 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 describes how his writings go beyond modernist and postmodernist fragmentation in search of the wholeness of life.

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Title:Andrei Bitov: The Ecology of InspirationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:March 30, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521025273

ISBN - 13:9780521025270

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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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"...a well-documented study of the writer from his early essays in the 1950s to his stories from the late 1980s....Andrei Bitov: The Ecology of Inspiration is a valuable resource for anyone who teaches or contemplates doing research on this author, and tells us much about how one idiosyncratic--yet hardly isolated--author moved through the years between the early thaw of 1956 and the full 'spring' of 1985. It is not the last word on Bitov--who is still writing--but it is an attentive, informed, and affectionate reading of an important living author." Kathleen Parthé, Slavic and East European Journal