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978-0-7391-0531-3 • Hardback • April 2003 • $108.00 • (£83.00)
Erika Haber is Associate Professor of Russian Language and Literature at Syracuse University.
Chapter 1 Introduction: A Style of Their Own
Chapter 2 What is Magical Realism?
Chapter 3 Russian and Soviet Realisms
Chapter 4 Fazil Iskander: Voice of Abkhazia
Chapter 5 Chingiz Aitmatov: Conscience of Central Asia
Chapter 6 Conclusion: Russian Magical Realism and the Bigger Picture
Haber's book will also be valuable for scholars with little or no background in Russian Studies, as the author attempts to place Russian magical realism "into a bigger picture."
— Slavic and East European Journal
Haber has covered the territory that forms the background to her study comprehensively. She does a wonderful job of placing both magical realism and fantastic realism in historical and cultural context and, even more impressive, of distinguishing between them. Her observations about why fantastic realism called down on itself the ire of the authorities, while magical realism was grudgingly allowed to be published in the Soviet Union, are fresh, interesting, and insightful. Her insight has important implications for our understanding of how Soviet cultural policies were shaped.
— Catharine Nepomnyashchy, Columbia University