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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Rather than presenting a conventional chronology of Russian literature,
Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction explores the place and importance
in Russian culture of all types of literature. How and when did a Russian
national literature come into being? What shaped its creation? How have the
Russians regarded their literary language? The book uses the figure of
Pushkin--'the Russian Shakespeare'--as a recurring example, as his work
influenced every Russian writer who came after him, whether they wrote prose or
verse. It furthermore examines why Russian writers are venerated, how they've
been interpreted inside Russia and beyond, and the influences of the folk tale
tradition, orthodox religion, and the West.