chapter  6
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Soviet Peasants and Soviet Literature

One could write a whole book about the so-called derevenshchiki (village writers), authors who, often themselves of peasant origin, have the peasant cause close to their hearts. Misha Lewin is no more of peasant origin than I am, but his own interest in the fate of the peasantry has inspired some of his best pages, and it is a pleasure and an honour to contribute to celebrating his achievements. This contribution is not as long or as scholarly as its author would like, but time, alas, is a scarce commodity, even after retirement.