Russian Myths

Yuri Druzhnikov


Dzuzhnikov tackles head on many of the Russian cardinal mythologies and debunks them in a polemic analysis of the last two centuries of Russian literary development.

This collection of essays explores many different controversial topics including the conflict between Pushkin and his wife, the identity of Arina Rodionovna, the underground philosopher, Konstantin Ventzel, who argued with the Communist ideology in the thirties, and the secret lives and deaths of writers such as Velimir Khlebnikov, Alexander Kuprin, and Yuri Trifonov.

Contemporary Russian Myths takes a very unexpected approach to the controversy surrounding these myths inspiring discussions of Russian critics and American Slavicists.

328 pages