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Published: 14 August 2019

320 Pages


ISBN: 9780198804345

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Revolution Rekindled

The Writers and Readers of Late Soviet Biography

Polly Jones

  • Offers the first ever archival and oral history study of Brezhnev-era publishing and propaganda production
  • Highlights the consistent pressure throughout late socialism to find new forms of propaganda and inspiring 'revolutionary' narratives, and challenges the widespread idea that these became 'standardised' and 'stagnant' soon after Stalin's death
  • Reveals the vitality and popularity of late Soviet culture, especially biography and historical fiction
  • Emphasises that both writers and readers found in late Soviet 'official' publishing opportunities to reflect on complex questions of Russian and Soviet history and identity
  • Employs extensive new archival material, and oral history interviews with some of the leading literary and cultural figures of the Brezhnev era