The Novel in Russia examines the Russian sensibility as it is revealed in prose fiction, the dominant mode of Russian literature. It explores how, in the work of Pushkin, Lermontov and Gogol, narrative art forsakes poetry for prose, and considers in turn six authors from the great age of prose realism: Goncharov, Turgenev, Leskov, Tolstoy, Saltykov-Shchedrin and Dostoevsky. The book provides an account of Chekhov and Gorky, appraises 'decadent' prose, the earlier Soviet writing, the school of Socialist Realism, and Doctor Zhivago. The theme of the writer's contest with critical pressure and State interference runs throughout.

part Part One|40 pages

The Transition from Poetry

chapter 1|15 pages

Pushkin: the novel in verse and prose

ByHenry Gifford

chapter 2|12 pages

Lermontov: A Hero of Our Own Time

ByHenry Gifford

chapter 3|11 pages

Gogol’s Dead Souls

ByHenry Gifford

part Part Two|67 pages

Prose Paramount

chapter 4|8 pages

Goncharov and the myth of Oblomov

ByHenry Gifford

chapter 5|10 pages

Turgenev in Fathers and Children

ByHenry Gifford

chapter 6|10 pages

Leskov and the righteous man

ByHenry Gifford

chapter 7|12 pages

Tolstoy: art and conscience

ByAnna Karenina

chapter 8|11 pages

Saltykov-Shchedrin: The Golovlyov Family

ByHenry Gifford

chapter 9|12 pages

Dostoevsky: the dialectic of resistance

ByHenry Gifford

part Part Three|74 pages

The Revolutionary Crisis

chapter 10|10 pages

Chekhov the humanist

ByHenry Gifford

chapter 11|12 pages

Gorky and proletarian writing

ByHenry Gifford

chapter 12|13 pages

The age of decadence

ByHenry Gifford

chapter 13|16 pages

Soviet writing: the creative start

ByHenry Gifford

chapter 14|9 pages

Socialist realism

ByHenry Gifford

chapter 15|10 pages

Doctor Zhivago: a novel in prose and verse

ByHenry Gifford