Sergei Dovlatov and His Narrative Masks

Paper Text – $34.95

ISBN 978-0-8101-2870-5

Cloth Text – $69.95

ISBN 978-0-8101-2597-1
Publication Date
July 2009
Page Count
290 pages
Trim Size
6.125 x 9.25

Sergei Dovlatov and His Narrative Masks

This book provides an introduction to Sergei Dovlatov (1941-90) that is closely attentive to the details of his life and work, their place in the history of Soviet society and literature, and of émigré culture during this turbulent period. A journalist, newspaper editor, and prose writer, Dovlatov is most highly regarded for his short stories, which draw heavily on his experiences in Russia before 1979, when he was forced out of the country. During compulsory military service, before becoming a journalist, he worked briefly as a prison camp guard —an experience that gave him a unique perspective on the operations of the Soviet state. After moving to New York, Dovlatov published works (in the New Yorker and elsewhere) that earned him considerable renown in America and back in Russia. Young’s book presents a valuable critical overview of the prose of a late twentieth-century master within the context of the prevailing Russian and larger literary culture.

About the Author

Jekaterina Young is an honorary senior research fellow at the University of Manchester.

"Young’s study provides numerous insights into Dovlatov’s work. Its addition to Dovlatov scholarship and the fine bibliography will be of value to future scholars." —The Slavic Review

"Young’s monograph, particularly in the depth of its background research, is a solid addition to Dovlatov scholarship." —The Slavonic and East European Review