Canal March

Culture and power in Soviet Russia

Ricardo Martín de la Guardia

Ricardo Martín de la Guardia, Professor of Contemporary History at the Universidad de Valladolid, discusses the historical context of Russia, from the early twentieth century to World War II, with particular emphasis on the 1917 Revolution, its antecedents and its political, social and cultural consequences. The totalitarian system to which it gave rise established a real framework in which to live without any possible alternative, except social exclusion, exile or death. Literature and art are not good companions of totalitarianism because creation doesn’t usually subject itself to the dictates of an arbitrary power, as can be seen in the fates of the poets Anna Akhmatova, Marina Tsvetaeva, Osip Mandelstam and Boris Pasternak.

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