Post-Soviet Literature and the Search for a Russian Identity

  • Boris Noordenbos

Part of the Studies in European Culture and History book series (SECH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Boris Noordenbos
    Pages 1-25
  3. Part I

  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Boris Noordenbos
      Pages 111-143
    3. Boris Noordenbos
      Pages 201-210
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 211-232

About this book


This book examines a wide range of contemporary Russian writers whose work, after the demise of Communism, increasingly became more authoritative in debates on Russia’s character, destiny, and place in the world. Unique in his in-depth analysis of both playful postmodernist authors and fanatical nationalist writers, Noorbendos pays attention to not only the acute social and political implications of contemporary Russian literature but also literary form by documenting the decline of postmodern styles, analyzing shifting metaphors for a “Russian identity crisis,” and tracing the emergence of new forms of authorial ethos. To achieve this end, the book connects the fields of postcoloniality, trauma, and conspiracy thinking with post-Soviet studies, an endeavor that has been grossly overlooked until now.


1 Post-soviet studies 2 Russian identity 3 Neo-imperialism 4 Russian literature 5 Cultural trauma

Authors and affiliations

  • Boris Noordenbos
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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