775-W174 Reading and Writing Assignment

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Reading Assignment

  1. To what extreme do Medvedev’s essays on intelligentsia focus on the challenges that had bedeviled Russia from the later 1990’s to early 2000’s?

  2. In what ways does contemporary fascism differ from fascism during the 1930s?

  3. To what extreme was Medvedev’s editing of Vpered’s lively website participation and protest in opposition to Putin regime?

  4. How does Medvedev’s publications from 2009 to 2010, explain communism and Marxism?

  5. In what ways can Medvedev’s writing be termed as Russia’s genuine post-Soviet writing?

Writing Assignment

Kirill Medvedev, born in 1975, Moscow has been termed as aninteresting, capricious voice of Russian literature. There have beennumerous writings about him in addition to being recognized as apoet. Medvedev has also been a campaigner for labor, as well as amember of “The Russian Socialist Movement, Vpered”. He is afrequent contributor to “Chto Delat” and different oppositionmagazines. He owns a small press called “the Free MarxistPublishing House” (Medvedev, 2012). The press has made translationsof his writings, which include Goddard, Pasolini and Eagleton, inaddition to many books connected to politics, literature and art.

Kirill is a part of the generation of writers from Russia that haveprogressed to advance from the decline of the USSR. The poet comesfrom a Soviet intelligentsia family. The father was a journalist,acquiring popularity during peretroika. Kirill’s mother was aneditor in a well recognized publishing house. Because of his father’sgambling debts, Kirill’s family was compelled to relocate onnumerous occasions as an endeavor to evade mafia enforcers. The poetwas in one incidence taken captive by the mafia enforcers. Hisindividual experience during the Yeltsin period is minimal, as iswritten in “around me”, where he explains that at some instancewas a detrimental, capitalist chaos, while on the other hand wasprevalent starvation, scarcity, cynicism, degeneration as well assuffering.

Kirill studied at Moscow State University, 1990s. He later advancedhis studies at the Gorky Literary Institute starting 1996 to 2000.After attending both institutions, Medvedev made public two poetrycollections. These are “Incursion” and “Everything’s Bad”published in 2002. In the writings, he came up with an informal,free-verse language, which is an influence by Charles Bukowski.Kirill has translated Bukowski’s work in Russian. However, in 2003,Medvedev joined the literary globe, attacking the revolting artisticimpression of the Putin period, “a putrid swamp, half-soviet, andhalf-bourgeois”.

He declined all copyright on his writing in 2004, from when hiscontribution to poetry has mostly been online. He has also shiftedpublication to small individually produced publications. In a numberof permeating essays on political and cultural issues of Putinism, inaddition to issues concerning the Russian laissez-faireintelligentsia’s submissions prior to Putinism, Kirill has evadedfrom literary circles. His concentration towards socialist politicalissues also sets him apart with most individuals of his generation.Through his personal writing, the poet has endeavored at blending theemancipator charge from 1917 via the inventive extensiveness ofdifferent Marxist traditions. Similarly, Medvedev also acts as anobserver and at times taking part in the movement of socialcontestation, which has been apparent in Russia from the mid-2000s.The period has witnessed a number of movements, to support housingfreedoms, education, pensions and ecological safeguard, fromcorruption or electoral deceit. Kirill Medvedev is a leader of theadvent civic poetry, which became widespread in Russia from the2000s.

Reference

Medvedev, K. (2012). It’s No Good. Eastern European PoetsSeries: Ugly Duckling Presse.

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