From Vladimir Voinovich, one of the great satirists of contemporary Russian literature, comes a new comic novel about the absurdity of politics and the place of the individual in the sweep of human events. Monumental Propaganda, Voinovich’s first novel in twelve years, centers on Aglaya Stepanovna Revkina, a true believer in Stalin, who finds herself bewildered and beleaguered in the relative openness of the Khrushchev era. She believes her greatest achievement was to have browbeaten her community into building an iron statue of the supreme leader, which she moves into her apartment after his death. And despite the ebb and flow of political ideology in her provincial town, she stubbornly, and at all costs, centers her life on her private icon. Voinovich’s humanely comic vision has never been sharper than it is in this hilarious but deeply moving tale–equally all-seeing about Stalinism, the era of Khrushchev, and glasnost in the final years of Soviet rule. The New York Times Book Review called his classic work, The Life & Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin, “a masterpiece of a new form–socialist surrealism . . . the Soviet Catch-22 written by a latter-day Gogol." In Monumental Propaganda we have the welcome return of a truly singular voice in world literature.
Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture in a One-party State, 1917-1992
Author: Matthew Cullerne Bown
Publisher: Manchester University Press
This work considers aspects of the art and architecture of the Soviet Union during the turbulent period of 1917 to 1922, covering a broad range of art, some modernist, some anti-modernist, but all to some degree guided by (and sometimes coerced by) the apparatus of the over-arching state.
Stalinist Monumental Propaganda and the Post-communist Situation
Author: Clinton J. Buhler
Abstract: This thesis explores Stalin's monumental propaganda program (1924-1953) in order to better comprehend his rule in Soviet Russia. Under consideration are the motivations and strategies employed in erecting commemorative structures, with a theoretical analysis of the concept of a "monument as palimpsest." The study explores Stalin's particular interpretation of Russian history by examining the relocation and purposeful iconographic reassignment of existing monuments. The effect of memory as related to the destruction of monuments under Stalin and contemporary issues surrounding his artistic legacy are considered in relation to post-Soviet society and the construction of a Russian identity.
Revolution and reform, 1900-1939 - Campaign for women's rights - Fascism - Propaganda in the communist states - Propaganda in war - Feminism - Propaganda against propaganda - War in Vietnam - AIDS and propaganda.
The city on the Neva has recently taken back its original name, St. Petersburg. The official strategies for the Tercentenary in 2003 saw the city's potential as being generated by its imperial past. In a series of scholarly essays the author examines the historical background to St. Petersburg's contemporary identifications. Framed mainly in romantic and nostalgic terms, they imprint an idealized Old Imperial Russia onto the post-Soviet city.