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Revolution Rekindled: The Writers and Readers of Late Soviet Biography

Polly Jones


A major late Soviet initiative, the ‘Fiery Revolutionaries’ (Plamennye revoliutsionery) series, was launched to rekindle popular enthusiasm for the revolution, eventually giving rise to over 150 biographies and historical novels authored by many key post-Stalinist writers. What new meanings did revolution take on as it was reimagined by writers including dissidents, leading historians, and popular historical novelists? How did their millions of readers engage with these highly varied texts? To what extent does this Brezhnev-era publishing phenomenon challenge the notion of late socialism as a ... More

Keywords: Soviet history 1953–/1964–, Soviet literature, Soviet publishing, Fiery Revolutionaries, Soviet historical fiction, Soviet biography, dissident movement, Soviet readers, late socialism, memory of revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198804345
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198804345.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Polly Jones, author
Associate Professor of Russian, and Schrecker-Barbour Fellow, University College, University of Oxford