Postmodern and Post-Soviet: “Encyclopedia of a Life in Russia,” Reviewed

  Encyclopedia of a Life in Russia by José Manuel Prieto; translated by Esther Allen 224 p.; Grove/Black Cat  Perhaps the greatest divide between European and American literature lies in the weighty consciousness of history, or lack thereof. American literature, for numerous reasons that we can theorize about, largely lives outside of history and politics and rather dwells inside the individual, in the urgent now. European literature, in contradistinction, cannot outrun history or politics. Their authors feel the immense weight, […]

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