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The Wrath of Dionysus: A Novel
The Wrath of Dionysus, foregrounding changing gender roles and issues of sexual identity, became a sensational and controversial best-seller soon after it hit Russian bookstores in 1910. Long before postmodernism suggested that gender was a social construct rather than a biological absolute, Nagrodskaia's novel put this issue before middle-class Russian audiences hungry fo ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Indiana University Press
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'The Wrath of Dionysus' tells the tale of a young Russian widow and artist who is compelled by her 'unfeminine' sexuality to pursue an affair whilst holidaying away from her fiance. The book explores the vast notion of love through its encounter with animalistic lust, homosexuality, companionship and parenthood. It also explores gender and sexuality as constructions, as our herione finds herself in a typically 'masculine' dilemna (as Latchinov tells her) but reacts to it with her 'feminine' mora ...more
Nagrodskaia was all the rage of pre-Revolutionary Russia. A century later, this tale of passion in the Chekhovian hinterlands among those wealthy enough to travel to Paris and Florence, unfortunately lacks either Chekhovian tragedy or comedy. It just goes to show that one century's breathless tale of erotic and illicit passion can become the next century's boilerplate for a telenovela. Paging Anna Karenina.
A very interesting book in theme, although the writing style was somewhat indelicate - hard to say if this was remnants of the original or just poor translation. The fluidity of the characters' sexuality and gender identity - very different from the typical Western binary presentation - was inspiring and something I will reflect on for a while. Certainly a memorable book, if not a wellspring of elegant prose.