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Music from a Speeding Train: Jewish Literature in Post-Revolution Russia

Harriet Murav


This book explores the uniquely Jewish space created by Jewish authors working within the limitations of the Soviet cultural system. It situates Russian- and Yiddish-language authors in the same literary universe—one in which modernism, revolution, socialist realism, violence, and catastrophe join traditional Jewish texts to provide the framework for literary creativity. These writers represented, attacked, reformed, and mourned Jewish life in the pre-revolutionary shtetl as they created new forms of Jewish culture. The book emphasizes the Soviet Jewish response to World War II and the Nazi de ... More

Keywords: Jewish literature, Russian, Yiddish, shtetl, Jewish culture, Soviet Jewish culture, Soviet Russia, World War II, mass killings, Stalinist oppression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780804774437
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804774437.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harriet Murav, author