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Sergei Dovlatov and His Narrative Masks
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This book provides an introduction to Sergei Dovlatov (1941 90) that is closely attentive to the details of his life and work, their place in the history of Soviet society and literature, and of émigré culture during this turbulent period. A journalist, newspaper editor, and prose writer, Dovlatov is most highly regarded for his short stories, which draw heavily on his experiences in Russia before 1979, when he was forced out of the country. During compulsory military service, before becoming a journalist, he worked briefly as a prison camp guard —an experience that gave him a unique perspective on the operations of the Soviet state. After moving to New York, Dovlatov published works (in the New Yorker and elsewhere) that earned him considerable renown in America and back in Russia. Young’s book presents a valuable critical overview of the prose of a late twentieth century master within the context of the prevailing Russian and larger literary culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Note on the Text
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Abbreviations of Works by Sergei Dovlatov
  2. p. xv
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  1. 1. Dovlatov in Leningrad
  2. pp. 3-35
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  1. 2. Dovlatov in Emigration
  2. pp. 36-55
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  1. 3. The Zone
  2. pp. 56-86
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  1. 4. The Compromise: Journalism and Fiction
  2. pp. 87-109
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  1. 5. Dovlatov’s Sanctuary and Pushkin
  2. pp. 110-130
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  1. 6. The Suitcase and The Fridge
  2. pp. 131-161
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  1. 7. Ours
  2. pp. 162-178
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  1. 8. Tales of
  2. pp. 179-201
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  1. 9. Dovlatov’s Posthumous Reputation
  2. pp. 202-212
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 213-246
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 247-262
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 263-271
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