Vasily (Pavlovich) Aksenov Harold B. Segel - Essay

Harold B. Segel

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Aksyonov's reputation rests primarily on such novellas about adolescence and growing up in the Soviet Union as Colleagues (1960), A Ticket to the Stars (1961), Oranges from Morocco (1962), and It's Time, My Love, It's Time (1963). In his later writing he has tended to move away from social problems and the everyday idiom of contemporary Soviet youth toward the grotesque and fantastic with far ranging stylistic experimentation. This departure in literary technique has also been accompanied—perhaps even inspired—by a conscious reassimilation of the Russian avant-garde literary heritage of the 1920s…. (pp. 407-08)

These newer literary concerns of Aksyonov found a...

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