Late Stalinism: The Aesthetics of Politics by Evgeny Dobrenko

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A nuanced historical analysis of late Stalinism organized chronologically around the main events of the period – beginning with Victory in May 1945 and concluding with the death of Stalin in March 1953. The book analyses key cultural texts to trace the emergence of an imperial Soviet consciousness that still defines the political and cultural profile of modern Russia. 

Evgeny Dobrenko is professor of Russian studies at the University of Sheffield, and co-director of the Prokhorov Centre for the Study of Central and Eastern European Intellectual and Cultural History. He previously worked at Odessa State University, Moscow State University, the Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow), Duke University, Stanford University, Amherst College, the University of California and the University of Nottingham. He was awarded the Efim Etkind Prize for the best book about Russian Culture in 2012 and the AATSEEL Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship in 2019.