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Literature in Exile of East and Central Europe


Agnieszka Gutthy

Literature in Exile of East and Central Europe is a collection of articles discussing authors whose homelands range from the former Soviet Union to the former Yugoslavia. For the purposes of this book, East and Central Europe comprise Russia, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Romania, and former Yugoslavia.
These writers were exiled as a result of unbearable political climates – be it nations of the Communist block, including former Yugoslavia torn by its civil wars, or in the case of Poland, its partitioning by neighboring powers in the nineteenth century. No other book has collected such a variety of discussions from this geopolitical region, featuring authors who chose exile over the extinguishment of their individuality. Organized by theme and geography, this book will be of interest to a wide group of readers: from the topic of exile to research in Slavic (Czech, Polish, Russian, and post-Yugoslav), Romanian, German, and comparative literature. Literature in Exile of East and Central Europe is a valuable supplement to courses in Eastern and Central European history, as well as a primary text for courses in East and Central European literature.
Contents: Agnieszka Gutthy: Introduction – Mabel Greta Velis Blinova: Twentieth Century Russian Literature in Exile – Kristin Reed: Language and Memory in Nabokov’s «Revolution» – Carolyn Kraus: Andrei Sinyavsky, Wisdom and Exile – Olga Zaslavsky: Catcher in the Rye: Georgy Efron’s Tashkent Exile – Fernando Presa González: Polish Literature in the Great Emigration of 1830: Adam Mickiewicz, Juliusz Słowacki, and Zygmunt Krasiński – Klara Lutsky: Living on the Margins and Loving It: Gombrowicz and Exile – Karen Bishop: Still Life: The Anti-Nostalgia of Adam Zagajewski – Klara Lutsky: Kundera’s Reception in the West – Susanlynne Beckwith: Vor(text)ual Time: The Agency of Being-in-Time and Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Vedrana Velickovic: Open Wounds, the Phenomenology of Exile and the Management of Pain: Dubravka Ugrešić’s The Ministry of Pain – Tatjana Aleksić: Grief Can Only Be Written in One’s Mother Tongue: Exile and Identity in the Work of David Albahari – Timothy Nixon: Klaus Mann: The Teufelskind Doubly Exiled – Mihai Mîndra: Inescapable Colonization: Norman Manea’s Eternal Exile.