The Columbia Guide to the Literatures of Eastern Europe Since 1945

The Columbia Guide to the Literatures of Eastern Europe Since 1945

Harold B. Segel
Copyright Date: 2003
Pages: 512
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    The Columbia Guide to the Literatures of Eastern Europe Since 1945
    Book Description:

    For nearly half a century, the Iron Curtain obscured from Western eyes a vital group of national and regional writers. Seen as a whole, the literatures of Eastern Europe during the second half of the twentieth century are extraordinarily rich, and in recent years many Eastern European novelists, poets, and playwrights have attracted wider attention and broader publication in the West. And yet no reference work, embracing all the countries of this region, including the former East Germany, has brought synoptic analysis to bear on these literatures -- until now.

    Featuring lucid analyses of the works of Ivo Andric´, Milan Kundera, Wislawa Szymborksa, Ismail Kadare, Czeslaw Milosz, Christa Wolf, Imre Kertész, and Nina Cassian, among nearly 700 others, The Columbia Guide to the Literatures of Eastern Europe Since 1945 is an indispensable reference to the literatures of the former Soviet bloc: Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and the former republics of Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and East Germany. Marked by geographical proximity and the shared experience of communism and its collapse, these countries are home to writers whose works have illuminated many of the critical ideas and key events of the latter half of the twentieth century.

    Compiled by a leading scholar who has a working knowledge of all the languages of the region, the Guide includes an analytical overview of literary themes and trends in historical context, ranging from World War II to the disintegration of Yugoslavia; an A--Z section of almost 700 entries on those writers whose literary debuts or major literary activity came after the war, with lists of works about the authors and of works by the authors available in English translation; a general bibliography; and an author index.

    The author entries -- the heart of the book -- provide the most salient information about the writers and concise interpretations of their works. The two-part general bibliography lists references to books and articles only in English. The first part contains works of a general nature on Eastern Europe, primarily but not exclusively after 1945. The second cites works, listed by country, that fall into four categories: histories, literary histories, anthologies, and monographs on genres and movements.

    eISBN: 978-0-231-52899-3
    Subjects: Language & Literature, History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Preface
    (pp. vii-x)
  4. Chronology of Major Political Events, 1944–2002
    (pp. xi-xxii)
  5. Journals, Newspapers, and Other Periodical Literature
    (pp. xxiii-xxxii)
  6. Note on Orthography, Transliteration, and Titles
    (pp. xxxiii-xxxvi)
  7. Introduction: The Literatures of Eastern Europe from 1945 to the Present
    (pp. 1-34)

    If art thrives on adversity, as some argue—and there is ample evidence that it does—then it is certainly fair to say that the conditions of life in Eastern Europe from 1939 to 1945 and from 1945 to nearly the end of the twentieth century provided the inspiration for many literary works of considerable artistic achievement and enduring significance. With certain notable exceptions, and insofar as it may be possible to generalize about the matter, the achievements of Eastern European authors in the appreciably longer post–World War II period outweigh those of the interwar years, attested by the...

  8. Authors A–Z
    (pp. 35-626)
  9. Selected Bibliography
    (pp. 627-634)
  10. Author Index
    (pp. 635-642)