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Ellen Rutten

Starting from the late 1980s, Western European and American literature, art and philosophy present a crescent plea for a move away from postmodernism’s purportedly radical irony. The same appeal marks contemporary Russian literature, with several writers propagating new sincere or new sentimentalist substitutes for postmodernism. This article links the Russian debate on a new sincerity to the political transition of the late 1980s. Russian writers then confronted a radically new political reality, in which a free market replaced Soviet communism. Relying on auto-comments by Timur Kibirov and Vladimir Sorokin, I propose that their allegedly strictly literarily motivated protest against postmodernism is, in fact, tightly linked to socio-economic factors, such as the need for a broad reader audience.

Milan Orlić

to old dogmas, Pekić at the same time offers a reasoned critique of the politics and ideology of Communism as well as Ideology and Politics as such. This historical and political as well as literal framework is the background to Pekić’s poetics, which from his first novel, The Time of Miracles


Edited by Charmian Brinson and Marian Malet

This volume focuses on a previously under-researched area, namely exile in and from Czechoslovakia in the years prior to the Second World War as well as during the wartime and post-war periods. The study considers, firstly, the refugees from Germany and Austria who fled to Czechoslovakia during the 1930s; secondly, the refugees from Czechoslovakia, both German and Czech-speaking, who arrived in Britain in or around 1938 as refugees from Fascism; and thirdly, those who fled from Communism in 1948. From a variety of perspectives, the book examines the refugees’ activities and achievements in a range of fields, both on a collective and an individual basis. The volume will be of interest to scholars and students of twentieth century history, politics and cultural studies as well as those involved in Central European Studies and Exile Studies. It will also appeal to a general readership with an interest in Britain and Europe in the 1930s and 1940s.

Jordi Morillas

kill the old woman and they did not loudly declare that communism is unnatural and disfigures the human person.” (Original: “Увы, нo тaк жe были вынуждeны, я думaю, пoвecти ceбя и Cинявcкий c Дaниэлeм. Oни нe вcтaли нa путь Pacкoльникoвa, из poмaнa Дocтoeвcкoгo Пpecтуплeниe и нaкaзaниe , нe убили