By Edith W. Clowes
Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russians have faced an immense drawback of identification. Soviet ideology rested on a trust in ancient development, however the post-Soviet mind's eye has obsessed over territory. certainly, geographical metaphors―whether axes of north vs. south or geopolitical pictures of heart, outer edge, and border―have develop into the indicators of a special feel of self and the signposts of a brand new debate approximately Russian identification. In Russia at the Edge, Edith W. Clowes argues that refurbished geographical metaphors and imagined geographies offer an invaluable point of view for interpreting post-Soviet debates approximately what it ability to be Russian today.
Clowes lays out numerous aspects of the controversy. She takes as a backdrop the powerful feedback of Soviet Moscow and its self-image as uncontested worldwide hub via significant modern writers, between them Tatyana Tolstaya and Viktor Pelevin. the main vocal, seen, and colourful rightist ideologue, Aleksandr Dugin, the founding father of neo-Eurasianism, has articulated positions contested by means of such writers and thinkers as Mikhail Ryklin, Liudmila Ulitskaia, and Anna Politkovskaia, whose works demand a brand new civility in a really pluralistic Russia. Dugin's severe perspectives and their many responses―in fiction, movie, philosophy, and documentary journalism―form the physique of this book.
In Russia at the Edge, literary and cultural critics will locate the keys to an important post-Soviet writing tradition. For highbrow historians, cultural geographers, and political scientists the booklet is a consultant to the range of post-Soviet efforts to check new kinds of social lifestyles, at the same time a reconstructed authoritarianism has taken carry. The publication introduces nonspecialist readers to a few of the main artistic and provocative of present-day Russia's writers and public intellectuals.
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Here, as in Erofeev’s and Voinovich’s visions of the insular Moscow, there is no significant periphery that offers a counterweight to the centripetal force of the capital. In distinction to Moscow as the seat of imperial power is the appealing, alive, but hidden Moscow, the Moscow invented by ordinary people. This is a Moscow we have not yet encountered. Of the twenty-three poems in Moscow and Muscovites nearly half of them make reference to the quality of mobility and changeability first presented in the Napoleon poem.
Note that Viktor Pelevin misquotes “Ex Oriente Lux” in Chapaev i Pustota (Moscow: Vagrius, 2000), 286. 43. Vladimir Solov' ev, “Kratkaia povest' ob Antikhriste,” in Chteniia o Bogochelovechestve; stat' i; stikhotvoreniia i poema; Iz ‘Trekh razgovorov’: Kratkaia povest' ob Antikhriste (St. Petersburg: Khudozhestvennaia literatura, 1994), 459. 44. , 462. 45. For extended treatments of Russia and Asia, see Wayne Vucinich, Russia and Asia (Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1972); David Christian, A History of Russia, Central Asia, and Mongolia (Oxford: Blackwell, 1998).
For a full treatment of the term meta-utopia as it applies to late-Soviet underground fiction, see my Russian Experimental Fiction: Resisting Ideology after Utopia (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993). For a discussion of Moscow-Petushki and Moscow 2042, see especially, 46–68, 79–82, 132–140, 192–197. 10. ” One might even see here, however ironically, an intentional translatio imperii, or at least a transferal of the imperial city text. Deconstructing Imperial Moscow 23 and dominated by a powerful nerve center—the Kremlin.