Red Spectres

Russian Gothic Tales From the Twentieth Century
(Book - 2013)
Red Spectres

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In the first decades of the twentieth century, gothic fiction flourished in Russia, despite official efforts to stamp it out. Yet few of these stories have been translated or published outside Russia. This rare collection includes eleven vintage tales by seven writers of the period: Valery Bryusov, Mikhail Bulgakov, Aleksandr Grin and Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky; the lesser known but seminal figure Aleksandr Chayanov, whose story "Venediktov" influenced Bulgakov's Master and Margarita; and the emigres Georgy Peskov and Pavel Perov. At a time of revolution and civil war, hardship and deprivation, the supernatural genres provided means for a number of Russian writers to explore the dark underside of the machine age and the new political order. Through the traditional gothic repertoire of ghosts, insanity, obsession, retribution and terror, Red Spectres conveys the turbulence and dissonance of life in Russia in these years.
Title: Red spectres
Russian Gothic tales from the twentieth century
Publisher: New York, NY : Overlook Press/Ardis, 2013
Characteristics: 224 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: selected, translated from the Russian, and with an introduction by Muireann Maguire
Contents: In the mirror (1903) / Valery Bryusov
The tale of the hairdresser's mannequin (1918) / Aleksandr Chayanov
Venediktov (1922) / Aleksandr Chayanov
The Venetian mirror (1922) / Aleksandr Chayanov
The red crown (1922) / Mikhail Bulgakov
A seance (1922) / Mikhail Bulgakov
The phantom (1926) / Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
The grey motor car (1925) / Aleksandr Grin
The messenger (1925) / Georgy Peskov
The woman with no nose (1927) / Georgy Peskov
Professor Knop's experiment (1924) / Pavel Perov
Additional Contributors: Maguire, Muireann
ISBN: 9781468303483
Branch Call Number: FICTION RED 2013
Other Language: Translated from the Russian
Genre/Form: Short stories
Short stories, Russian-Translations into English
Gothic fiction (Literary genre), Russian-Translations into English
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Practically suppressed in the early 20th century by the Russian authorities, these supernatural tales release the tension and uncertainty of political instability. Stories by Bulgakov, other fine Russian writers, and the story that inspired "The Master and Margarita."

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