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Architecture of Oblivion: Ruins and Historical Consciousness in Modern Russia (Hardback)
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Architecture of Oblivion: Ruins and Historical Consciousness in Modern Russia (Hardback)

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Hardback 298 Pages / Published: 01/06/2011
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The first interdisciplinary study of Russia s response to ruins"

Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
ISBN: 9780875806518
Number of pages: 298
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


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"This is a most important book, tracing the history of an idea so elusive yet so pervasive that only the most nuanced of approaches is capable of sketching its parameters without reducing it to cliche and caricature. Schonle dips deeply into literature and poetry, philosophy and history, architecture, painting, photography, prints, and the urban fabric itself in search of answers to a question of great relevance to all interested in the nature of modern Russia: what is it in Russia's attitude to its past that makes it so indifferent to ruins, so hostile to the preservation of that past's remains? This is intellectual history that is both imaginative and intellectually rigorous, a combination of historical sources and deeply personal aesthetic responses to the events of history."--Wendy Salmond, Chapman University


This is a most important book, tracing the history of an idea so elusive yet so pervasive that only the most nuanced of approaches is capable of sketching its parameters without reducing it to cliche and caricature. Schonle dips deeply into literature and poetry, philosophy and history, architecture, painting, photography, prints, and the urban fabric itself in search of answers to a question of great relevance to all interested in the nature of modern Russia: what is it in Russia s attitude to its past that makes it so indifferent to ruins, so hostile to the preservation of that past s remains? This is intellectual history that is both imaginative and intellectually rigorous, a combination of historical sources and deeply personal aesthetic responses to the events of history. Wendy Salmond, Chapman University"

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