Andrei Siniavskii: A Hero of His Time?

Andrei Siniavskii: A Hero of His Time?


Eugenie Markesinis

Series: Studies in Russian and Slavic Literatures, Cultures and History
ISBN: 9781618112620 (hardcover)
Pages: 290 pp.
Publication Date: October 2013

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This groundbreaking critical biography of Andrei Siniavskii (1925-1997) as a writer in and of his time shows how this subtle and complex author found his way in a society polarized into heroes and villains, patriots and traitors, how he progressed from identification with the value system and ideology of his time to reaction against it, and his dissidence expressed in literary terms. Based on a close reading of his work, Andrei Siniavskii: A Hero of his Time? explores the way in which Siniavskii’s art does not simply reflect the circumstances of his life and times but is actively shaped by an intricate commerce between the two.

Eugenie Markesinis received her PhD from University College, London, in 2010. She lives in Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom with her husband and dog. This is her first book.

This artistic biography of one of the most original and provocative writers in recent Russian literary history is a remarkable achievement. The most dramatic episodes in Siniavskii’s biography are skillfully juxtaposed against the decisive moments of the 20th century in Russia. Written in a dynamic and engaging way, A Hero of His Time? provides fresh perspective on Siniavskii’s legacy by illuminating crucial concepts that informed his politics and poetics. By exploring Siniavskii’s creative development, Eugenie Markesinis challenges her audience to revisit the fundamentals of Russian literary politics, the evolving status of a writer in contemporary society, and the eternally ambiguous relationship between life and art.
— Maria Rubins, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London