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Red Cavalry: Creation and Power in Soviet Russia Between 1917 and 1945by Rosa Ferre
Synopses & Reviews
Red Cavalry analyzes the connection between aesthetic inquiry and political commitment in Soviet Russia in the 1920s and 30s and explains some of the key moments in this relationship. Through a remarkable collection of texts by specialists like Evgeny Dovrenko, Cristina Lodder, Pascal Huyn, Richard Stites, Andrei Smirnov, Vitali Shentalinski et. al., along with documentary material, it illustrates the strategies adopted by the Soviet state to impose its ideologies using a new language, mythology, symbols, rites and heroes, and investigates the contribution made by writers, filmmakers, musicians, artists and playwrights (whom Stalin himself described as the "engineers of the soul" by examining the active participation of some in the Bolshevik propaganda, the isolation of others, and the despair felt by many.
Book News Annotation:
This large colorful exhibition catalog showcases influential works in creative mediums from the early Soviet period from 1917 to 1945. On display in Madrid's La Casa Encendida from October of 2011 through January 2012, the collection highlights a period of great artistic exuberance in Russian art during which themes of rebirth and recreation of identity were at the forefront of painters', writers', architects', and musicians' imaginations. The volume includes full color plates throughout as well as extensive explanatory captions and historical background information. Distributed by Actar. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Aesthetic inquiry and politic Russia in the 1920s and 30s
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