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Editing Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy
Mikhail Katkov and the Great Russian Novel
“Fusso’s book concentrates on a man who played a very central role in the evaluation and publishing of some of the world’s greatest and most influential novels. Katkov’s wide reputation tended to picture him as a dyed-in-the-wool political reactionary. Fusso writes to correct this conventional notion. This is a truly significant contribution to the fields of literature and history.” —Irwin Weil, author of From the Cincinnati Reds to the Moscow Reds
Fathers and Sons by Turgenev. Anna Karenina by Tolstoy. Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky. These are a few of the great works of Russian prose that first appeared in the Russian Herald, a journal founded and edited by Mikhail Katkov. Yet because of his conservative politics and intrusive editing practices, Katkov has been either ignored or demonized by scholars in both Russia and the West. In Putin’s Russia, he is now being hailed as the “savior of the fatherland” due to his aggressive Russian nationalism. In Editing Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy, Susanne Fusso examines Katkov’s literary career without vilification or canonization, focusing on the ways in which his nationalism fueled his drive to create a canon of Russian literature and support its recognition around the world.
September 2017 309 pp., 6x9
Susanne Fusso is professor of Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at Wesleyan University. She is interested in the 19th-century Russian novel, poetry of the 19th to 21st centuries, and translation. Her books include Designing Dead Souls: An Anatomy of Disorder in Gogol and Discovering Sexuality in Dostoevsky. She recently published a translation of Trepanation of the Skull (NIU Press 2014), an autobiographical novel by Sergey Gandlevsky, a prize-winning Russian poet.
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