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The Trial Begins/On Socialist Realism

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Abram Tertz, one of the most important writers to emerge in the Soviet Union since World War II, came to prominence in 1959 when "On Socialist Realism" was published in the West. It was the first important critique of the central dogma of Soviet literature. It arrived with a novel. "The Trial Begins," which was published in 1960. Other books followed these into the West, u ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published November 13th 1982 by University of California Press (first published 1960)
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Jim
Dec 06, 2007 Jim rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People who have a real interest in Russian politics
I've read a little bit of Russian literature, enough to notice the common thread that runs through the work of Gogol, Bulgakov, Zamyatin and Tertz, that being a tendency to include elements of the fantastic in their works and that is something I've enjoyed in each of the aforementioned authors' work but what I struggled with with Tertz is his presentation of Russian politics. On the whole politics don't interest me but, if they don't dominate a story, they have their place. If that wasn't the ca ...more
Erik Graff
Apr 02, 2012 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students of Soviet literature
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: literature
"On Socialist Realism" is a critique of socialist realism and defense of fantasy by a Soviet writer during the Kruschev thaw. "The Trial Begins" is an example of his work.
Cf. my notes elsewhere re "On Socialist Realism".
Theodora
THE TRIAL BEGINS is wonderful. Packaged with an essay called ON SOCIALIST REALISM, which is also wonderful. Author sentenced to seven years in a labor camp, which is not so wonderful.
Mark Feltskog
Aug 31, 2009 Mark Feltskog rated it it was amazing
Perhaps one of the most important books I read during my four years at Hampshire (though I read this for a course I took at Amherst).
Sheila
Aug 21, 2011 Sheila rated it really liked it
I only finshed the Trial Begins. Interesting story. Maybe I'll read On Socialist Realism some day.
Eric Phetteplace
Feb 14, 2008 Eric Phetteplace rated it it was amazing
Shelves: prose
I remember loving this book when I read it in high school Russian lit. Great images and style and message.
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Jun 19, 2007 بهمن بهمن rated it really liked it
kheili ziba ,harchand behtar ham mitoonest bashe:)
Linda
Great essay, the story itself - not so great.
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