History and Literature in Contemporary Russia
Since 1985, Russia has experienced a cultural and social revolution. This study encompasses one important aspect of this process, that is the part which literature has played in reassessing the past, transforming public opinion, and hence in promoting political change in Russia. It provides a chronology of literary politics in this period, and analyzes the content and influence of newly published literature on a variety of historical themes, including Stalin and Stalinism, Lenin, the Civil War, the February and October Revolutions and the fall of Tsarism. The author explores the heated moral and political debates inspired among different sections of Russian society by the works of many authors, including Rybakov, Solzhenitsyn, Grossman, Bunin and Gorky.