Modern Russian Literature Comparison Essay by supercalifragilistic

Modern Russian Literature
This paper compares similar themes in three modern Russian novels: Isaac Babel's "Red Cavalry", Yuri Olesha's "Envy" and Vaarlam Shalamov's "Kolyma Tales".
# 97918 | 2,180 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Sep 04, 2007 in Literature (Russian) , English (Analysis) , Literature (Comparative Literature)

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This paper explains that, in "Red Cavalry", "Envy" and "Kolyma Tales, the prisoners in the labor camp and soldiers in the war were more alike than different because, although they both had little to motivate them and less to live for, these people strove to escape to freedom. The author points out that, nevertheless, for the characters in these novels, death is the ultimate end; although few of the characters were frightened or showed they were frightened. The paper relates that hunger was one of the most compelling and memorable experiences, as illustrated by Babel's passage about the killing of a goose and the camaraderie it brought to Gorky or by Olesha's passage, which referred to a man just about to dig into a huge evening "snack". The paper includes several comparative quotations.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Babel, Isaac. Red Cavalry. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2003.
  • Olesha, Yuri. Envy.
  • Shalamov, Vaarlam. Kolyma Tales. New York: Penguin Classics, 1995.

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