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Voices From the Void: The Genres of Liudmila Petrushevskaia

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Volume 7

Slavic Literature, Culture & Society

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Voices From the Void

The Genres of Liudmila Petrushevskaia

Sally Dalton-Brown

224 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-997-0 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (April 2001)

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"Dalton-Brown's scholarship ... is of a very high standard indeed, taking on board modern critical approaches without being drowned by them"   · Arnold McMillan, Professor of Russian Literature, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London.


Liumilla Petrushevskaia is one of the best known writers in Russia today, recognized for her versatility as a dramatist, scriptwriter, and author of harrowing contemporary stories and even fairy tales. Acclaimed for her shocking portraits of the pain and loss that distinguish the life of women in Russia and the old Soviet Union, Petrushevskaia has also created texts notable for their scandalous humor and vibrant plasticity of form.

This study analyses her use of genres within the context of an overall description of her ouevre. Her texts deal with stories struggling to be told even in today's Russia. Her characters are all storytellers, but the truths they attempt to express are often too terrible to be voiced aloud, and their tales are ultimately told from within a vast silence that threatens to engulf the narrative.

Sally Dalton-Brown is at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London.

Subject: Literary Studies
Area: Central/Eastern Europe


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