Out of Russia
Fictions of a New Translingual Diaspora
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: Northwestern University Press
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Earlier versions of portions of this book have appeared in Literary Imagination, The Russian Review, Slavic Review, and Canadian Slavonic Papers. "Gained in Translation: Andreï Makine's Novel Le testament français" was published in Literary Imagination 4, no. 1 (Winter 2002): 111-26; "Wladimir Kaminer: A Russian Picaro Conquers Germany" in The Russian...
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THIS BOOK IS ABOUT a group of contemporary Soviet-born émigrés who left their country of origin to become writers in languages other than Russian. Even though they have abandoned their native tongue as a medium of literary expression, most of them maintain, or manufacture, a strong Russian identity in their fictionalized self- representation. Paradoxically, as Jews, which many of these writers...
1. Andreï Makine: "Seeing Russia in French"
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ANDREÏ MAKINE became an international celebrity in 1995 when his novel Le testament français received both the Prix Goncourt and the Prix Médicis. This was the first time that a single writer was simultaneously honored with the two most prestigious French literary awards. In addition, Makine's book also received the Goncourt des Lycéens prize...
2. Russianness for German Consumption
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WITH AN ESTIMATED 3.5 TO 4 million Russian native speakers on its territory, Germany currently hosts the largest number of Russian- speaking immigrants of any country in the world.1 The majority of them (about 2.5 million) consist of so-called Russian-German "Spätaussiedler" (late re- migrants) from the territory of the former Soviet...
3. Boris Zaidman: A "Russian" in Israel
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ISRAEL REPRESENTS a special case among the countries that became recipients of Soviet and post- Soviet émigrés. Even though in absolute terms more Russian speakers have settled in Germany, in Israel they constitute a much larger share of the general population. The approximately one million Russian- speaking immigrants who have arrived...
4. Gary Shteyngart: The New Immigrant Chic
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GARY SHTEYNGART'S stellar literary career looks like the classic American immigrant success story. Born in Leningrad in 1972, Shteyngart emigrated with his parents to the United States in 1979, where he attended Hebrew school and Peter Stuyvesant High School in New York and later graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in political science. His...
5. The Rise of the "Russian Debutantes"
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GARY SHTEYNGART'S COMPLAINT in his 2005 interview with Radio Liberty that "our young generation [of Russian immigrants] doesn't write anything"1 has become outdated very fast. Shteyngart himself probably would have been rather incredulous had he been told that just a few years after the appearance of his debut novel he would...
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THE PRESENT BOOM in Russian immigrant fiction shows no sign of abating. The phenomenon has begun to spill over from the publishing industry into academia, where literary scholars have begun to take notice of the new trend as well. At the annual convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies in 2009, no fewer than...
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Page Count: 262
Publication Year: 2011
Volume Title: 1
Series Title: Studies in Russian Literature and Theory
Series Editor Byline: Gary Saul Morson