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Dead Again: The Russian Intelligentsia After Communism

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Isaiah Berlin once argued that the concept of the intelligentsia was “Russia’s greatest contribution to world civilization.” Since the mid-nineteenth century, the Russian intelligentsia has shared a profound sense of responsibility for the fate of its country and a belief in the transformative power of the Word—a belief reinforced by the state, which has relentlessly tried to suppress any form of intellectual dissent. Starting in 1986, this belief has been sorely tested. The floodgates of information were opened, but no miracle followed. No new sense of morality was awakened,  no one rushed to redeem the nation. Indeed, once the novelty of free speech wore off, people lost interest in it. While the intelligentsia was watching its most treasured dream disintegrate, it was also losing its social standing, its prestige and, finally, its money. As it had frequently done in the past, the intelligentsia responded by declaring itself dead, obsolete. Once again, it was the end.

Masha Gessen, one of the most perceptive of a new generation of correspondents in Russia, does not share this opinion. Her fascinating book is the first to examine the ways in which intellectuals are finding an identity in the new Russia. Through a series of extraordinary individual stories, she shows their quest for a new faith, be it religion or the paranormal, a commitment to nationalist ideology, or to feminist principles. She shows, too, their search for a place in the new society, as artist or politician, entrepreneur or neo-dissident. Some of those she describes as already famous (or infamous); others unknown. Her accounts of their careers and preoccupations can be inspiring or harrowing, and sometimes hilarious. Finally, Masha Gessen considers the prospects for future generations of intellectuals, giving a vivid, and disturbing, portrait of Russia’s outcast Generation X, and of those younger still, who have largely abandoned any notion of society or hope for a place in it.

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A vivid portrait of the Russian intelligentsia "after the fall". Russian journalist Masha Gessen examines the ways in which Russian intellectuals are finding new identities in the present social and political maelstrom. Also she considers the prospects for future generations of intellectuals, painting a disturbing portrait of Russia's outcast Generation X.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 203-205) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781859841471
Author:
Gessen, Masha
Publisher:
Verso
Location:
London ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Intellectual life
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Military - Intelligence/Espionage
Subject:
Russia (federation)
Subject:
Current world affairs
Subject:
Russia
Subject:
Russia (Federation) Intellectual life 1991-
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
General Political Science
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
25
Publication Date:
19970631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
222
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in 0.7063 lb

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History and Social Science » Military » General History
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History and Social Science » Russia » Soviet States Post 1985

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