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The railways of Russian literature




“The irruption of the railway into the landscapes of agricultural Russia had the capacity to unsettle and disturb”LOIS WRIGHT

Content notice: this article contains mentions of death, labour camps, and political oppression

For the authors of 19th century Russia, the railway was an object of intense anxiety. A potent symbol of modernity, the irruption of the railway into the landscapes of agricultural Russia unsettled and disturbed, quickly coming to represent distinctly negative ideas of rupture and departure (the flip side of the association of rail-travel with…



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