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The Resource To see Paris and die : the Soviet lives of Western culture, Eleonory Gilburd, (electronic resource)

To see Paris and die : the Soviet lives of Western culture, Eleonory Gilburd, (electronic resource)

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To see Paris and die : the Soviet lives of Western culture
Title
To see Paris and die
Title remainder
the Soviet lives of Western culture
Statement of responsibility
Eleonory Gilburd
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The Soviet Union was a notoriously closed society until Stalin's death in 1953. Then, in the mid-1950s, a torrent of Western novels, films, and paintings invaded Soviet streets and homes, acquiring heightened emotional significance. To See Paris and Die is a history of this momentous opening to the West. At the heart of this story is a process of translation, in which Western figures took on Soviet roles: Pablo Picasso as a political rabble-rouser; Rockwell Kent as a quintessential American painter; Erich Maria Remarque and Ernest Hemingway as teachers of love and courage under fire; J. D. Salinger and Giuseppe De Santis as saviors from Soviet clichés. Imported novels challenged fundamental tenets of Soviet ethics, while modernist paintings tested deep-seated notions of culture. Western films were eroticized even before viewers took their seats. The drama of cultural exchange and translation encompassed discovery as well as loss. Eleonory Gilburd explores the pleasure, longing, humiliation, and anger that Soviet citizens felt as they found themselves in the midst of this cross-cultural encounter. The main protagonists of To See Paris and Die are small-town teachers daydreaming of faraway places, college students vicariously discovering a wider world, and factory engineers striving for self-improvement. They invested Western imports with political and personal significance, transforming foreign texts into intimate possessions. With the end of the Soviet Union, the Soviet West disappeared from the cultural map. Gilburd's history reveals how domesticated Western imports defined the last three decades of the Soviet Union, as well as its death and afterlife.--
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Gilburd, Eleonory
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Public opinion
  • Soviets (People)
  • Soviet Union
  • Soviet Union
  • Western countries
Label
To see Paris and die : the Soviet lives of Western culture, Eleonory Gilburd, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-444) and index
Contents
Soviet internationalism -- The Tower of Babel -- Books about us -- Cinema without an accent -- Barbarians in the temple of art -- Books and borders -- Epilogue: Exit
Control code
ssj0002073239
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 458 pages)
Form of item
online
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Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9780674980716
Lccn
2018009238
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0002073239
Label
To see Paris and die : the Soviet lives of Western culture, Eleonory Gilburd, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-444) and index
Contents
Soviet internationalism -- The Tower of Babel -- Books about us -- Cinema without an accent -- Barbarians in the temple of art -- Books and borders -- Epilogue: Exit
Control code
ssj0002073239
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 458 pages)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9780674980716
Lccn
2018009238
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0002073239

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