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Rylkova, Galina

Breaking Free from Death

The Art of Being a Successful Russian Writer

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    April 2020


    Aims and Scope

    Breaking Free from Death examines the lives and choices that Tolstoy, Chekhov, Bunin, and Meyerhold must have faced in order to preserve their singularity and integrity while attempting to achieve fame, greatness and success.


    206 pages
    Psychology of Creative Personality;Death;Creativity;Sustainability;Chekhov;Bunin;Tolstoy;Meyerhold;Writer’s Block;psychology;writing;Russian literature;Russian drama;psychoanalysis;hypochondria;mortality;existentialism;Uncle Vanya;Anna Karenina;A Confession;The Death of Ivan Ilych;Gogol;Dante;the Divine Comedy;War and Peace;The Kreutzer Sonata;The Decembrists;letters;The Steppe;The Seagull;Liberation of Tolstoy;About Chekhov;The Life of Arseniev;The Cherry Orchard;anxieties;literary theory
    The book is written both for sophisticated students of Russian literature and the general audience interested in the psychology of creative personalities and/or thinking about life and death. People who are interested in writers, such as Chekhov, Tolstoy, Bunin and theater directors, such as Vsevolod Meyerhold.

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    Galina Rylkova is Associate Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Florida. She is the author of The Archaeology of Anxiety: The Russian Silver Age and Its Legacy (2007). Her research interests include: Psychology of Creative Personality; Biography; and Russian Theater.


    “Provocative, refreshing, and always original, Galina Rylkova’s excellent new study explores ‘the elusive fabric of creativity and creativeness’ in regards to such giants as Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, and Ivan Bunin. Weaving together the intricate lines of her analysis, Rylkova reveals previously undiscovered dimensions of these writers’ ever-lasting struggle to sustain their creativity in the face of death. Readers of Rylkova’s superb book will see these ‘eternal companions’ in a completely new light.”
    — Radislav Lapushin, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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