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Russia's Dangerous TextsPolitics Between the Lines$
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Kathleen F. Parthé

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300098518

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300098518.001.0001

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Righteousness and the Value of Suffering

Righteousness and the Value of Suffering

(p.132) Chapter 5 Righteousness and the Value of Suffering
Russia's Dangerous Texts

Kathleen Parthé

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the powerful cult of righteousness and suffering in the literary-political sphere in Russia. It examines the influence of the tribulations of a writer or text on literary value, and explains that the pravednik (righteous man) and pravednitsa (righteous woman) are characters with very deep roots in Russia. The chapter also highlights the difficulty of reaching a consensus on a literary martyrology that adequately remembers and honors those who suffered and helps the nation know more fully its cultural, political, and moral history.

Keywords:   cult of righteousness, literary-political sphere, Russia, literary value, pravednik, pravednitsa, literary martyrology

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