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31 Oct 19

While in Berlin, Gershkovich is focusing on the part of her book project that concerns what she calls “White Tolstoy,” or what Tolstoy’s legacy meant for a Russian émigré society in Berlin as they struggled to preserve a coherent cultural community in the face of dispersion, linguistic isolation, and poverty. By considering where these Left and liberal critics succeeded in making Tolstoy’s texts align with their agendas, and where they failed, Gershkovich aims to reassess the cultural battle lines of the Russian Revolution—and to examine anew the vexed interplay of politics and aesthetics.

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