In this book, first published in 1943, Janko Lavrin provides an overview of the development of the Russian novel by placing the great Russian novelists – Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Turgenev, Gorky, Gogol – in relation to their native literature and their social, political and cultural backgrounds. An Introduction to the Russian Novel will appeal particularly to students of Russian literature and culture as well as those interested in the development of the novel in general.
Prefatory Note; 1. The Beginnings of Russian Fiction 2. Pushkin and Lermontov 3. Gogol and Realism 4. Fermentation of Ideas 5. From Gogol to Turgenev 6. Goncharov 7. Critical Realism 8. Populists and Others 9. Dostoevsky 10. Tolstoy 11. The Chekhov Period 12. Maxim Gorky 13. The Modernist Movement 14. Some Later Realists 15. Revolution and Civil War 16. Soviet Life in Literature 17. Links with the Past and the Future 18. The Second World War and After; Conclusion; Index of Names
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