Fertility and Other Stories

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Northwestern University Press, 1998 - Fiction - 263 pages
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Vsevolod Ivanov was praised in the 1920s as one of the most original and promising young writers to emerge from the Russian Revolution. Ivanov's personal experiences in Siberia and Central Asia during the Revolution and Civil War, set against a childhood and youth spent wandering through that vast expanse and nourishing his imagination on such Romantic writers as Edgar Allan Poe and Jules Verne, infuse his writing. Combining traditional elements with the fantastic and the surreal, Ivanov's stories address not only the themes of the Revolution - the dehumanizing effects of famine; the ferment, energy, and uncertainty of the tempestuous times - but also the quotidian: the quiet world of man and nature, and the elemental bond that tied peasants to their native land.

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About the author (1998)

Ivanov, one of the most interesting Soviet fiction writers of the 1920s, began writing before the October Revolution. His first efforts were encouraged by Gorky. Ivanov's well-known short novel, Armoured Train 14-69 (1922), about the civil war, uses a number of innovative fiction techniques. The result is a very rich text, though filled with images of violence and cruelty. A prolific writer, Ivanov was a member of the experimentally adventurous Serapion Brotherhood, but after 1930, his highly ornamental style gave way to the more sober practices of socialist realism. Many of Ivanov's works are set in distant regions of the Soviet Union, reflecting his abiding interest in exotic, oriental cultures. A later work by Ivanov, The Adventures of a Fakir (1934--35), is autobiographical, very colorful, and quite readable.

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