Farewell to Matyora

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Northwestern University Press, 1991 - Fiction - 227 pages
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A fine example of Village Prose from the post-Stalin era, Farewell to Matyora decries the loss of the Russian peasant culture to the impersonal, soulless march of progress.

It is the final summer of the peasant village of Matyora. A dam will be completed in the fall, destroying the village. Although their departure is inevitable, the characters over when, and even whether, they should leave. A haunting story with a heartfelt theme, Farewell to Matyora is a passionate plea for humanity and an eloquent cry for a return to an organic life.

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User Review  - Jennifer Paz - Goodreads

I read this book in college as part of my minor in Russian. It left a deeply spiritual impression on me at that time. Of course, it will not have the same effect on all readers, but I loved the story ... Read full review

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User Review  - Eric - Goodreads

I don't know...I can see how this book could be touching under the right circumstances or with the right reader. I don't have a vested interest in retaining Russian village life, and I feel as though ... Read full review

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About the author (1991)

Valentin Grigoriyevich Rasputin (born March 15, 1937) is a Russian writer. He was born and lived much of his life in the Irkutsk Oblast in Eastern Siberia. Rasputin's works depict rootless urban characters and the fight for survival of centuries-old traditional rural ways of life. Rasputin covers complex questions of ethics and spiritual revival.

Kathleen Parthé is Professor of Russian Literature at the University of Rochester and the author of Russian Village Prose.

Antonina W. Bouis has translated numerous novels and plays from the Russian.


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