OUT VISITING AND BACK HOME: Russian Stories on Aging by Thomas H.--Trans. & Ed. Hoisington

OUT VISITING AND BACK HOME: Russian Stories on Aging

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A theme anthology of 11 stories by 10 writers, including familiar names (Vasily Shukshin, Tatyana Tolstaya), as well as newcomers to English translation (Denis Dragunsky, Ludmila Ulitskaya). Absorbing perspectives on a society that, essentially, ignores and discards its elderly are presented with impressive variety, especially in Nina Katerli's ""Profitted Land"" (about the double affliction of being aged and Jewish); Vladimir Makanin's self-reflexive and very amusing ""One Old Man""; and, most memorably, Vasily Belov's ""The Burial Ground,"" in which a boy's visit to a village cemetery dominated by women's graves teaches him that his townsmen are fated to work, fight--and die--far from home.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1998
Page count: 242pp
Publisher: Northwestern Univ.