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Revolutionary Experiments: The Quest for Immortality in Bolshevik Science and Fiction

Nikolai Krementsov


This book examines a particular fascination with the dream of immortality and the place of science and fiction in its pursuit in Russia during roughly a decade that followed the country’s political revolutions of 1917. It argues that contemporary scientific experiments aimed at the control over life, death, and disease inspired many Russian writers to conduct their own literary experiments with the ideas and techniques offered by experimental biology and medicine, which found expression in both popular-science writings and a new literary genre, science fiction. As a result of this intense, if ... More

Keywords: immortality, Bolshevik Revolution, biomedical experiments, literary experiments, popular science, science fiction, cultural resource

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199992980
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199992980.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nikolai Krementsov, author
University of Toronto