The Mongol Conquests in the Novels of Vasily Yan

An Intellectual Biography

Dmitry Shlapentokh

ibidem Press

The Mongol Conquests in the Novels of Vasily Yan

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Pub Date: October 2017

ISBN: 9783838210872

130 Pages

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The Mongol Conquests in the Novels of Vasily Yan

An Intellectual Biography

Dmitry Shlapentokh

ibidem Press

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Vasily Yan (Vassily Grigoryevich Yanchevetsky, 1874–1954) was a writer of historical novels whose popularity survives the test of time. He was widely read throughout the Soviet era and continues to be popular in the post-Soviet era. This book is not just a biographical sketch of an important Russian/Soviet writer basically unknown to the Western public. The focus on Yan and his work also demonstrates the role of ideology in a totalitarian society. Shlapentokh shows that ideology and cultural and intellectual life in totalitarian regimes are more complex than is often assumed. Intellectuals often engaged in stressful, but—in its literary outcome—captivating "cat and mouse" games with censors, the powerful, and the government.

About the Author

Dmitry Shlapentokh was educated in the former USSR (Moscow State University) and in the USA (University of Chicago). He is currently associate professor at Indiana University and holds teaching and research appointments in various institutions, including the Russian Research Center at Harvard University and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is the author of several books and almost a hundred articles and book chapters.