Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

...Campbell, George Faraday, David Fisher, Jessica Gorter, Alexandr Kan, Lena Khaetskaia, Andrei Krivolapov, Victor Mazin, Alla Mitrofanova, Margaret Paxson, Andrei Postnikov, Igor Rozov, Vitaly Savchuk, Oleg Timofeyev, Olesya Turkina, and Evgenii Yufit. Over the past twenty years, inspiring conversations...

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Chapter 1 Late Socialism An Eternal State

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pp. 1-35

...had always felt that he lived in an eternal state (vechnoe gosudarstvo) (2002, 14). It was not until around 1986 and 1987, when reforms of perestroika (reconstruction) were already afoot, that the possibility of the socialist system not lasting forever even entered his mind. Many others have described a...

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Chapter 2 Hegemony of Form Stalin’s Uncanny Paradigm Shift

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pp. 36-76

...outskirts of the city. The big apartment blocks in the district look identical to those in Moscow, as do the shops and bus stops. Even the stairs, apartment numbers, and doors keys are the same. The hero arrives at “his” address and lets himself into a Leningrad apartment, confident that he has arrived at his Moscow home. The layout...

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Chapter 3 Ideology Inside Out Ethics and Poetics

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pp. 77-125

...generation, to which Pelevin, born in 1962, himself belongs. In one scene the protagonist, Tatarsky, a member of this generation, is drinking with his former party boss, telling him how impressed he used to be, during the Soviet period, with the boss’s skills in writing ideological texts...

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Chapter 4 Living “Vnye” Deterritorialized Milieus

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pp. 126-157

...truths. A clear truth is opposed by a lie. A deep truth is opposed by another equally deep truth.’ . . . My friends were preoccupied with clear truths. We spoke about the freedom of art, the right for information, the respect for human dignity” (1993, 23). This preoccupation with clear truths has also been called “the honesty psychosis”...

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Chapter 5 Imaginary West The Elsewhere of Late Socialism

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pp. 158-206

...abroad.” Zagranitsa came to reflect the peculiar combination of insularity and worldliness in Soviet culture. Most Soviet people believed that the communist ideals and values they represented to the world were fundamentally “internationalist” and outward...

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Chapter 6 True Colors of Communism King Crimson, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd

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pp. 207-237

...debates with young Soviet audiences around the country, intending to explore the extent of Western mass culture’s influence on the lives of Soviet youth. In the debates, the sociologists provoked their audiences by arguing that in the contemporary world the ideological struggle between capitalism and socialism was at its peak, and that rock music had transformed into an ideological...

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Chapter 7 Dead Irony Necroaesthetics, “Stiob,” and the Anekdot

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pp. 238-281

...newspapers or watch television, and did not even go shopping unless absolutely necessary. In fact, he knew only two local shops, a wine shop and a bread shop. The fact that the Mit’ki made no effort to seek out this knowledge meant that they had more time and energy to spend on collective drinking, painting, and neverending...

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Conclusion

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pp. 282-298

...peculiar paradox at the core of the Soviet system. For years that system managed to inhabit incommensurable positions: it was everlasting and steadily declining, full of vigor and bleakness, dedicated to high ideals and devoid of them. None of these positions was a mask. They were each real and, as I have tried to show, mutually...

Bibliography

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pp. 299-318

Index

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pp. 319-333