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Across Borders: Essays in 20th Century Russian Literature and Russian-Jewish Cultural Contacts. In Honor of Vladimir Khazan

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Edited By Lazar Fleishman and Fedor B. Poljakov

The volume consists of 27 essays dedicated to Vladimir Khazan, the leading specialist in Russian-Jewish relationship and in the study of 20th century Russian literature. The essays deal with Blok, Bely, Akhmatova, Babel, Jabotinsky, Remizov, and Nabokov. The volume introduces unknown documents and facts that elucidate new aspects of Polish-Russian, German-Russian, Russian-Baltic, and Russian-French literary contacts, reveal unknown details about post-Stalinist Soviet "samizdat" and the story of publication of Pasternak’s "Doctor Zhivago". Among the contributors are such distinguished scholars as Konstantin Azadovsky, Oleg Budnitskii, Stefano Garzonio, Mirja Lecke, Leonid Livak, Magnus Ljunggren, Paolo Mancosu, Piotr Mitzner, Boris Ravdin, and Roman Timenchik

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Russian Émigrés in the Intellectual and Literary Life of Interwar France: Addenda et Corrigenda

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Leonid Livak

University of Toronto





Scholars engaged in bibliographic research may be sublimating into an adult professional virtue a juvenile passion for collecting things – postage stamps, chewing gum wrappers, miniature models, bottle caps, butterflies, and what not – but there exist signal differences between a youthful collector and a bibliographer, no matter how similar the two may appear to a psychiatrist specialized in obsessive-compulsive behaviour. One such difference lies in the higher degree of discrimination and methodological selectivity imposed by the bibliographer on the amorphous mass of data collected. An equally important difference resides in the humility requisite in any scholarly endeavour of this sort; for, as a passionate professional in another line of work has eloquently put it with reference to a project gone awry in Odessa, “Everyone makes mistakes, even God.” By its very nature, a bibliographic project can rarely reach the stage of exhaustive completion, and even less often can it stake a claim to authoritative factual infallibility. Once made public, a bibliography, no matter how painstakingly researched and extensive, becomes an invitation for a scholarly community to continue the effort of expanding and making more precise the body of knowledge presented therein. In fact, the very act of publishing a bibliography stimulates new research, ensures the discovery of hitherto ignored pertinent material, and brings about necessary and helpful correctives from colleagues, since what begins as a solitary undertaking morphs, sooner or later but certainly after the initial...

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