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Behind the Legends

The Cult of Personality and Self-Presentation in the Literary Works of Stefan Heym


John Heath

Contents: The Cult of Personality, Genie and Charisma – Fascists, Capitalists and Communists: Charisma and Self-Presentation in Heym’s Early Novels – The ‘Inventors of Stalinism’: Heym’s Historical Fiction after the Twentieth Party Congress – Unveiled Criticism: Direct Portrayals of Stalin and Stalinism – ‘Schiebende’: Women, Bureaucrats and Catalysts – Literary Monuments: The ‘Cult’ of the Writer? – Instinctive Socialism: Championing Equality.