When her first collection of short stories was published in the United States in 1989 as On the Golden Porch, Tatyana Tolstaya was acclaimed by critics as an original and important new voice in Soviet literature. Her second book, also a group of stories, published in 1992 as Sleepwalker in a Fog, was generally conceded to be a worthy successor to her well-received first collection. Among those who paid enthusiastic tribute to Tolstaya were the American poet laureate Joseph Brodsky and Helena Goscilo, a prominent Slavist known especially for her contributions on Slavic women authors.
Chapple, Richard L. “Tatyana Tolstaya’s Russian Family Portrait Gallery.” Midwest Quarterly 32 (Winter, 1991): 156-166. A profile of the writer and her work.
Gifford, Henry. “The Real Thing.” The New York Review of Books 36 (June 1, 1989): 3-5. This article contains a review of On the Golden Porch and of three books on contemporary Soviet fiction, including Balancing Acts by Helena Goscilo, cited below.
Goscilo, Helena. The Explosive World of Tatyana N. Tolstaya’s Fiction. Armonk, N.Y.: M. E. Sharpe, 1996. This is a critical review of Tolstaya’s uvre, covering her whole career to the date of publication.
Goscilo, Helena. “Monsters Monomaniacal, Marital, and Medical: Tat’iana Tolstaya’s Regenerative Use of Gender Stereotypes.” In Sexuality and the Body in Russian Culture, edited by Jane Costlow, et al. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1993. This chapter discusses Tolstaya’s symbolism and sound sources in her prose.
Goscilo, Helena. “Tatyana Tolstaia’s ‘Dome of Many-Colored Glass’: The World Refracted Through Multiple Perspectives.” Slavic Review 47 (Summer, 1988): 280-290. A detailed scholarly analysis of Tolstaya’s stories. Includes explanatory and reference footnotes, several of them in Russian and...
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