A 'Dreadful Predilection': The Gothic-Fantastic in Soviet Socialist Realist Literature
Maguire, Muireann, Gothic Studies
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Introduction: A Soviet Ghost Story
Moscow, circa 1920. The social and economic aftermath of two wars and a revolution has shattered the city's infrastructure; the stringency of War Communism has not yet relaxed into Lenin's New Economic Policy. Disease and hardship are decimating the urban poor. Dr Snegirev is not, therefore, surprised to receive a visit from a young girl in a pink dress, claiming that her mother is very sick and needs a doctor urgently. He agrees to call, but as soon as the girl leaves he realizes he should ask her more questions. He tells his secretary to fetch her back. The secretary denies seeing any …
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Publication information: Article title: A 'Dreadful Predilection': The Gothic-Fantastic in Soviet Socialist Realist Literature. Contributors: Maguire, Muireann - Author. Journal title: Gothic Studies. Volume: 13. Issue: 1 Publication date: May 2011. Page number: 75+. © Manchester University Press May 2008. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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