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The Columbia Guide to the Literatures of Eastern Europe Since 1945


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Preface Chronology of Major Political Events, 1944-2001 Journals, Newspapers, and Other Periodical Literature Note on Orthography, Transliteration, and Titles Introduction: The Literature of Eastern Europe from 1945 to the Present Authors A-Z Selected Bibliography Author Index

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The Iron Curtain concealed from western eyes a vital group of national and regional writers. Marked by not only geographical proximity but also by the shared experience of communism and its collapse, the countries of Eastern Europe-Poland, Hungary, Albania, Romania, Bulgaria, and the former states of Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, and East Germany-share literatures that reveal many common themes when examined together. Compiled by a leading scholar, the guide includes an overview of literary trends in historical context; a listing of some 700 authors by country; and an A-to-Z section of articles on the most influential writers.

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Harold B. Segel is professor emeritus of Slavic literatures and of comparative literature at Columbia University. He is the author of over a dozen books, two of which-Twentieth-Century Russian Drama from Gorky to the Present and Turn-of the-Century Cabaret: Berlin, Munich, Paris, Barcelona, Vienna, Krakow, St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Zurich-were published by Columbia University Press. Howard B. Segel is the author of more than a dozen books including Body Ascendant: Modernism and the Physical Imperative, Pinocchio's Progeny, Twentieth Century Russian Drama (CU Press), and Turn-of-the-Century Caberet (CU Press). He is Professor Emeritus of Slavic Literature at Columbia University.


A great new research tool... Segel lays out the striking complexity of the region's intellectual life and the lives and work of its writers. In his brilliant introduction, he contributes a magnificently comprehensive, 34-page review article on the region's intellectual life since the war and its history, politics, peoples, and cultures, as well as its literatures... Highly recommended. Library Journal (*Starred Review) Assembled by an eminently qualified expert on the literatures of Eastern Europe, this prodigious compilation... provides historical, political, and literary context for the period... [N]o single work in English is nearly so comprehensive. Choice This superb guide to authors and their works fills a much-needed gap in reference works on literature. -- Terri Tickle Miller American Reference Books Annual No such handy, erudite guide to the postwar literary traditions of these thirteen nations was available until now...This is an excellent, much-needed reference work, which should be found within reach of every scholar of Eastern European literature... Surely, higher praise for a book cannot be conceived than this, that its only 'flaw' is that it leaves the reader yearning for more of the same? -- Halina Stephan Polish Review A timely resource that provides a wide range of information on almost 700 authors from Albania, the former East Germany, Serbia, Slovenia and others, filling what would seem to be a considerable gap. Booklist It is, of course, thrilling when a senior scholar of Harold Segel's distinction undertakes such tasks. It means that the priorities and emphases in all parts of the book will cohere...Segal has wisely resolved that key to putting a new area on the inner map of American readers is to provide a face, a life, and further reading. -- Caryl Emerson, Princeton University Comparative Literature Undoubtedly, Segal'sThe Columbia Guide to the Literatures of Eastern Europe Since 1945 is an invaluable reference. -- Eileen Krajewski Text and Presentation The Columbia Guide conveys this encyclopedic breadth in distilled, ready reference form... serves scholars, teachers, students and librarians alike. -- Michael Biggins American Reference Books Annual

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