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Russia and Soul

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This ethnography of everyday life in contemporary Russia is also an examination of discourses and practices of "soul" or dusha. Russian soul has historically appeared as a myth, a consoling fiction, and a trope of national and individual self-definition that drew romantic foreigners to Russia. Dale Pesmen shows that in the 1990s this "soul" was scorned, worshipped, and use ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 28th 2000 by Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY) (first published October 2000)
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Erik Graff
Jan 05, 2015 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students of Russian culture
Recommended to Erik by: Dale Pesmen
Dale Pesmen is an old acquaintance from the East Rogers Park neighborhood in Chicago. Almost a decade ago she shared a draft of what became the chapter entitled "Standing Bottles, Washing Deals, and Drinking for the Soul" with me. I was, and remain, impressed. She writes well by literary standards. The humor worked without detracting from the seriousness of her purpose.

The ostensible purpose of this book is to get at the concept of "soul" (dusha) in Russian culture. The book certainly does conve
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