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Efraim Sicher, <i>Jews in Russian Literature after the October Revolution: Writers and Artists Between Hope and Apostasy</i>. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. 225 pp.

Alice Nakhimovsky

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry an Annual XV 1999

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780195134681
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848652 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134681.003.0033

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

Efraim Sicher, Jews in Russian Literature after the October Revolution: Writers and Artists Between Hope and Apostasy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. 225 pp.

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A review of the book, Jews in Russian Literature after the October Revolution: Writers and Artists Between Hope and Apostasy by Efraim Sicher is presented. Sicher's new book takes up the issue of Jewish consciousness among Jewish writers from the Revolution through the Second World War. He begins with a historical and thematic overview that includes some interesting observations on the Jewish appropriation of the Christ figure, and on the visual arts in general. He then moves to discreet essays on four of the greatest Russian writers of Jewish origin: Isaac Babel, Osip Mandelstam, Boris Pasternak and Ilya Ehrenburg. Following his always erudite and insightful analysis, we can see how the problem of Jewish origin was worked out for each writer, in combination with its old antipodes — Christianity and ethnic Russianness — as well as with the writer's own poetics.

Keywords: Christianity; Jewish consciousness; Jewish writers

Chapter.  1003 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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