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The Gumilev Mystique: Biopolitics, Eurasianism, and the Construction of Community in Modern Russia

Mark Bassin

Abstract

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the legacy of Lev Nikolaevich Gumilev (1912–1992) has attracted extraordinary interest in Russia and beyond. The son of two of modern Russia's greatest poets, Nikolai Gumilev and Anna Akhmatova, Gumilev spent thirteen years in Stalinist prison camps, and after his release in 1956 remained officially outcast and professionally shunned. Out of the tumult of perestroika, however, his writings began to attract attention and he became a well-known and popular figure. Despite his highly controversial (and often contradictory) views about the meaning of Russian ... More

Keywords: former Soviet Union, Lev Nikolaevich Gumilev, Russia, perestroika, Russian history, USSR, Russian society, Stalin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780801445941
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801445941.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Bassin, author
University in Stockholm