Valentin Rasputin and Soviet Russian Village Prose

Valentin Rasputin and Soviet Russian Village Prose

Valentin Rasputin and Soviet Russian Village Prose

Valentin Rasputin and Soviet Russian Village Prose

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This monograph attempts to analyse the work of Valentin Rasputin, and to place him within the modern Soviet literary and social context. It is with this in mind that I categorize him in the title as a 'village writer', though he himself regards such labelling as 'relative'.

Some of the ideas expressed are developed from two of my articles: 'Women from Town and Village in Recent Soviet Russian Prose', Journal of Russian Studies, 48 (1984), 36-43, and 'Childhood and the Adult World in the Writing of Valentin Rasputin', Modern Language Review, 80, 2 (April 1985), 387-95.

Transliteration throughout is according to the system employed in MLR and SEER. In the Notes and Bibliography Moscow and Leningrad are abbreviated to M and L respectively; the Bibliography also contains details of the publishers as well as place of publication of Soviet books.

Much of the work for this monograph was carried out in the various libraries of Moscow and Leningrad, and I should like to thank (for their active support) in particular G. A. Tsvetov and A. P. Gerasimenko of Leningrad and Moscow universities respectively. I would also like to thank Robert Porter of the University of Bristol for checking parts of the manuscript so thoroughly, and Professor Arnold McMillin for his constant advice and encouragement. All views expressed in the course of this monograph are, of course, my own, and do not reflect on those people who have helped me through the years.

It is to my continuing chagrin that I have never met Rasputin, despite strenuous efforts to do so. I hope that this anomaly does not detract from the validity of my interpretation of his work as a whole.

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