muddled claims concerning androgyny and eroticism, that the Zoia s a g a was almost entirely fictional, constructed during the war and deconstructed after glasnost'. Ar- gyrios Pisiotis argues, not entirely convincingly, that Soviet demonization of G e r m a n s was "exceptionally intense"(p. 150) and that t h e s e images were a primary m e a n s of en- couraging feelings of rage and desires for revenge. In the final selection, Nina Tu- markin recounts fascinating conversations from the mid 1980s that powerfully convey the pain involved in trying to memorialize real suffering and heroism while coming to terms with the falsehoods purveyed during and after the war. One of her sources pro- vides an explanation for the shift in cultural policy that this book chronicles: "The mili- tary catastrophe of 1941-42 forced us for the first time to question Stalin ... so for many of us, t h o s e first two years of the war coincided with a s p o n t a n e o u s de-Stalinization." (p. 196) This collection is a pleasure to read and a major contribution, but most of the arti- cles
Canadian-American Slavic Studies – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1997
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