This concise reader/anthology of Russian and Soviet erotic prose written between 1900 and 1940 consists of three parts: Silver Age writings, interwar émigré literature, and early Soviet fiction. It was not the author’s intention to select the most accomplished works dedicated to the theme of sexuality and eroticism. Rather, the choice for the most part fell upon texts previously unavailable in English and thus less known to readers who do not read in Russian. In addition, these works give a good idea of how the “birth of the body” in Russian literature and culture actually happened and of the laborious, difficult nature of this birth.
Alexei Lalo, Ph.D. (2010) in Comparative Literature, University of Texas at Austin, is Research Administrator at the Melikian Center, Arizona State University. He has published on US and Russian literature, including Libertinage in Russian Culture and Literature (Brill, 2011).
Table of contents
Translator and Editor’s Foreword
PART I EROTIC SILVER AGE
Vasilii Rozanov Selected Excerpts
Leonid Andreyev In the Fog
Aleksandr Kuprin Seasickness
Fyodor Sologub The Tsarina of Kisses
PART II INHERITING SILVER AGE IN ÉMIGRÉ WRITING
Vladislav Khodasevich On Pornography
Georgii Ivanov The Decay of the Atom
PART III EARLY SOVIET EROTIC FICTION
Panteleymon Romanov Without Bird Cherry
Vikentii Veresaev Isanka
Recommended Further Reading
All those interested in Russian culture of the first half of the 20th century and in representations of sexuality in literary texts, as well as all Slavists and literary scholars.