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Not really an introduction to Russian literature,
This review is from: Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
I was looking forward to improving my knowledge and understanding of a period of Russian writing that I have always loved. I thought that this short introduction would give me a few insights into the minds of writers such as Dostoevsky, Lermentov, Tolstoy, Turgenev, Gogol and Chekhov and the contexts of their famous works. Sadly after only a few pages in it becomes obvious that it only focuses on Pushkin and the influence that his work had on Russian writing. It does mention other writers but only in relation to Pushkin and to back up the argument for his importance as the father of Russian literature. I am not doubting this claim but it is misleading to call this book an Introduction to Russian literature when it focuses so narrowly on Pushkin's influence and not the other writers in there own right.