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Voicing the Soviet Experience: The Poetry of Ol′ga Berggol′ts

Katharine Hodgson


This book is an examination of a poet whose career offers a case study in the complexities facing Soviet writers in the Stalin era. Ol′ga Berggol′ts (1910–1975) was a prominent Russian Soviet poet, whose accounts of heroism in wartime Leningrad brought her fame. This book addresses her position as a writer whose Party loyalties were frequently in conflict with the demands of artistic and personal integrity. Writers who pursued their careers under the restrictions of the Stalin era have been categorized as ‘official’ figures whose work is assumed to be drab, inept and opportunistic; but such as ... More

Keywords: Soviet writers, Stalin era, Ol′ga Berggol′ts, heroism, Leningrad, censors, Writers Union, narrative verse, lyric poetry, verse tragedy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780197262894
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197262894.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katharine Hodgson, author
Lecturer in Russian, Department of Modern Languages, University of Exeter