Russian Pulp: The Detektiv and the Russian Way of Crime: The "Detektiv" and the Way of Russian Crime: The "Detektiv" and the Way of Russian Crime

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Russian Pulp Once supressed by the Soviet regime, the "Detektiv", Russia's version of the murder mystery has become one of the most popular genres of writing in Russian culture. This study of the genre shows that Russians understand law-breaking and crime, policemen and criminals very differently from the West. Full description

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Although his goal is to introduce the Western reader to Russian pulp fiction, Olcott accomplishes much more in this extraordinarily informative volume. . . . Throughout, the author explores concepts (the eternal themes of the 'Russian soul, ' the 'Russian idea, ' Russia's attitudes toward the West) that transcend reading tastes. . . . This fascinating book has something for all readers.--CHOICE

An admirable piece of detective work, solving mysteries that most readers of light fiction fail to notice, but whose answers are far weightier than the material that led to them.--Slavic Review

Russian Pulp is an entertaining and... thought-provoking study that should appeal to literary scholars, sociologists and anyone interested in contemporary Russia.--Slavic and East European Journal

A delightful read on a winning topic and an illuminating glimpse of Russian everyday culture, taste, and values.--Richard Stites, Georgetown University

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Once supressed by the Soviet regime, the "Detektiv", Russia's version of the murder mystery has become one of the most popular genres of writing in Russian culture. This study of the genre shows that Russians understand law-breaking and crime, policemen and criminals in ways wholly different from those of the West. At the same time however, the book demonstrates that Westerners and Russians alike share a passion for literary gore, pulp fiction thrills, and the pleasures of junk fiction.

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