The Myth of the Non-Russian: Iskander and Aitmatov's Magical Universe
Erika Haber (Author)
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Erika Haber's analysis of the interplay between literature and culture in the Soviet Union of the 1970s and 1980s breaks new ground not only in our understanding of this relationship, but also in our appreciation of the literary genre popularized at that time by the Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez-magical realism. The Soviets perceived Garcia Marquez as a Socialist, and they sanctioned his magical realism-when other writing styles were outlawed-as a natural extension of socialist realism. Haber discusses the use of magical realism in Soviet literature, focusing especially on two non-Slavic writers: Fasil Iskander, of Abkhazia, and Chingiz Aitmatov, of Kyrgyzstan. She explores how these writers used literary tools of subversion and successfully employed magical realism in rebellion against the prescription of national conformity in art. In critical readings of Iskander and Aitmatov, Haber demonstrates how these writers juxtaposed their native myth with Soviet myth, thus undermining the primary message of socialist realism by suggesting a plurality of worlds and truths.
About the Author
Erika Haber is Associate Professor of Russian Language and Literature at Syracuse University.
- Contributor: Erika Haber
- Imprint: Lexington Books
- ISBN13: 9780739105313
- Number of Pages: 182
- Packaged Dimensions: 161x235x19mm
- Packaged Weight: 399
- Format: Hardback
- Publisher: Lexington Books
- Release Date: 2003-04-01
- Binding: Hardback
- Biography: Erika Haber is Associate Professor of Russian Language and Literature at Syracuse University.