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Common Places: Mythologies of Everyday Life in Russia

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What is the "real Russia"? What is the relationship between national dreams and kitsch, between political and artistic utopia and everyday existence? Commonplaces of daily living would be perfect clues for those seeking to understand a culture. But all who write big books on Russian life confess their failure to get properly inside Russia, to understand its "doublespeak."

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Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 23rd 1995 by Harvard University Press
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Svetlana Boym is the Curt Hugo Reisinger Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literatures at Harvard University, and a media artist, playwright, and novelist. She is also an associate of the Graduate School of Design and Architecture at Harvard University.

Boym's written work explores relationships between utopia and kitsch, between memory and modernity, and between homesickness and sickness of hom
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