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A constant thread woven throughout the history of Russian literature is that of an escape from the bounds of realism. Worlds Apart is the first single-volume anthology that explores this fascinating and dominant theme of Russian literature-from its origins in the provincial folk tale, through its emergence in the Romantic period in the tales of Pushkin, Lermontov, and Turg A constant thread woven throughout the history of Russian literature is that of an escape from the bounds of realism. Worlds Apart is the first single-volume anthology that explores this fascinating and dominant theme of Russian literature-from its origins in the provincial folk tale, through its emergence in the Romantic period in the tales of Pushkin, Lermontov, and Turgenev, to its contemporary incarnation under the clouds of authoritarianism, revolution, mechanization, and modernization-with translations of the key literary masterpieces that reveal the depth and ingenuity of the Russian imagination as it evolved over a period of tumultuous political, social, and technological upheaval.Alexander Levitsky, perhaps the world's foremost expert on this genre, has provided engaging and informative introductions to the selections that simultaneously represent the works of Russia's best authors and reveal the dominant themes of her history: Myth and the Fairy Tale, Utopianism and Dystopianism, Mechanization and Modernization, Space Flight, and more. The authors range from familiar figures-Gogol, Dostoevsky, Bulgakov, and Bely-to writers practically unknown outside the Slavic world such as Derzhavin, Bulgarin, Kuprin and Pilniak.Worlds Apart is an awe-provoking anthology with a compelling appeal both to the fantasy enthusiast and anyone with an abiding interest in Russian history and culture.


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A constant thread woven throughout the history of Russian literature is that of an escape from the bounds of realism. Worlds Apart is the first single-volume anthology that explores this fascinating and dominant theme of Russian literature-from its origins in the provincial folk tale, through its emergence in the Romantic period in the tales of Pushkin, Lermontov, and Turg A constant thread woven throughout the history of Russian literature is that of an escape from the bounds of realism. Worlds Apart is the first single-volume anthology that explores this fascinating and dominant theme of Russian literature-from its origins in the provincial folk tale, through its emergence in the Romantic period in the tales of Pushkin, Lermontov, and Turgenev, to its contemporary incarnation under the clouds of authoritarianism, revolution, mechanization, and modernization-with translations of the key literary masterpieces that reveal the depth and ingenuity of the Russian imagination as it evolved over a period of tumultuous political, social, and technological upheaval.Alexander Levitsky, perhaps the world's foremost expert on this genre, has provided engaging and informative introductions to the selections that simultaneously represent the works of Russia's best authors and reveal the dominant themes of her history: Myth and the Fairy Tale, Utopianism and Dystopianism, Mechanization and Modernization, Space Flight, and more. The authors range from familiar figures-Gogol, Dostoevsky, Bulgakov, and Bely-to writers practically unknown outside the Slavic world such as Derzhavin, Bulgarin, Kuprin and Pilniak.Worlds Apart is an awe-provoking anthology with a compelling appeal both to the fantasy enthusiast and anyone with an abiding interest in Russian history and culture.

30 review for Worlds Apart: An Anthology of Russian Science Fiction and Fantasy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Violetta

    I'm finally done reading this! WHAT a heavy read. Most of the time, it felt like reading a textbook, a dense tome of archaic literary translations. The story collections are arranged chronologically, and some are translated by the editor, some are simply edited (by the editor). It took a lot of effort to get through this book, since I was expecting the stories to be Science Fiction and Fantasy types. Spoiler alert: they're not; at least, not in the traditional or Western sense of the genres. Sti I'm finally done reading this! WHAT a heavy read. Most of the time, it felt like reading a textbook, a dense tome of archaic literary translations. The story collections are arranged chronologically, and some are translated by the editor, some are simply edited (by the editor). It took a lot of effort to get through this book, since I was expecting the stories to be Science Fiction and Fantasy types. Spoiler alert: they're not; at least, not in the traditional or Western sense of the genres. Still and all, if you approach this book with the desire to simply read a wide cross-section of Russian authors, you'll probably enjoy seeing how Russian thought has changed over the course of centuries.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Read some excerpts for Russian Literature in Translation, Fall 2013 (taught by the author, Professor Levitsky!). I loved "The Queen of Spades," but the other parts we read didn't make as much of an impression on me. Read some excerpts for Russian Literature in Translation, Fall 2013 (taught by the author, Professor Levitsky!). I loved "The Queen of Spades," but the other parts we read didn't make as much of an impression on me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    This is an excellent reference book for those interested in unusual fantasy and sci fi.

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    Autoclette

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