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Ludmila Ulitskaya and the Art of Tolerance
Elizabeth A. Skomp and Benjamin M. Sutcliffe
Foreword by Helena Goscilo

“Ludmila Ulitskaya is one of the most important living Russian writers.”
—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

Novelist Ludmila Ulitskaya is a crucial cultural figure in contemporary Russia, garnering both literary awards and best-seller status. Engaging with the past to combat the creeping authoritarianism of the Putin era, she has become the latest in a long line of Russian dissident authors championing the values of liberalism and tolerance while critiquing the state. Ludmila Ulitskaya and the Art of Tolerance is the first English-language book about this influential writer, contextualizing her in the shifting landscape of post-Soviet society and culture.

Drawing on interviews with Ulitskaya and sources not readily available to Western scholars, Elizabeth A. Skomp and Benjamin M. Sutcliffe explore the ethical ideals that make Ulitskaya’s novels resonate in today’s Russia—tolerance, sincerity, and diversity—and examine how she uses innovative imagery to personalize history through a focus on body and kinship. This is essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary Russian literature and society.


Author. Photo credit, Name Elizabeth A. Skomp is an associate professor and chair of the Russian Department at Sewanee: The University of the South, and director of its Interdisciplinary Humanities Program.


Author. Photo credit, NameBenjamin M. Sutcliffe is an associate professor of Russian and faculty associate of the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, both at Miami University of Ohio. He is the author of The Prose of Life: Russian Women Writers from Khrushchev to Putin, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press.


Ulitskaya's novels in English include The Big Green Tent, The Funeral Party, Sonechka, Medea and Her Children, and Daniel Stein, Interpreter.





“Critical for understanding both Ulitskaya’s writing and the broader contemporary Russian literary landscape. An important and insightful volume by two leading scholars.”

“A substantive and illuminating study of Liudmila Ulitskaia, a major figure in contemporary Russian literature.”
Slavic Review

“Skomp and Sutcliffe bring us a long way toward contextualizing and understanding the significance of this major Russian writer.”
—Natasha Kolchevska, University of New Mexico

“Impeccably researched and written with conviction, this book is indispensable for anyone interested in Ulitskaya.”
—Helena Goscilo

Ludmila Ulitskaya and the Art of Tolerance serves the dual role of introducing Ulitskaya to an English-language readership and making a major contribution to the growing body of criticism about her fiction and essays.”
—Eliot Borenstein, New York University



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Of Related Interest


The Prose of Life
Russian Women Writers from Khrushchev to Putin
Benjamin M. Sutcliffe



June 2015
LC: 2014035271 PG
268 pp.   6 x 9
3 b/w photos

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Paper $55.00 s
ISBN 978-0-299-30414-0
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