New Directions in Book History

The New Russian Book

A Graphic Cultural History

Authors: Pristed, Birgitte Beck

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  • Serves as the definitive book on Soviet and post-Soviet book design Broad chronological sweepOffers some comparative analysis of Western and Eastern book design

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About this book

This book takes up the obtrusive problem of visual representation of fiction in contemporary Russian book design. By analyzing a broad variety of book covers, the study offers an absolutely unique material that illustrates a radically changing notion of literature in the transformation of Soviet print culture to a post-Soviet book market. It delivers a profound and critical exploration of Russian visual imaginary of classic, popular, and contemporary prose. Among all the carelessly bungled covers of mass-published post-Soviet series the study identifies gems from experimental designers. By taking a comparative approach to the clash of two formerly separate book cultures, the Western and the Soviet, that results both in a mixture of highbrow and lowbrow forms and in ideological re-interpretations of the literary works, this book contributes to opening an East-West dialogue between the fields of Russian studies, contemporary book and media history, art, design, and visual studies.

About the authors

Birgitte Beck Pristed is Assistant Professor in Russian Studies at the Department of Global Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark. She received her Ph.D. in 2014 from the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz in Germany for her award-winning dissertation. 

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“In her pioneering study, Birgitte Beck Pristed radically subverts the routine perception of the book as a victim by drawing our attention to the things that books themselves could do. Focusing on the materiality of the book form, she demonstrates how design of books and book covers became a major tool of organizing literature in Russia… For the first time in English, Beck Pristed’s research closely examines the fascinating phenomenon that the Russians called “the art of the book.” (Serguei A. Oushakine, author of “The Patriotism of Despair: Nation, War, and Loss in Russia”, USA)

“The New Russian Book is impeccably researched, engaging with all the relevant post-Soviet cultural scholarship as well as the large field of book history. As a new contribution to both areas, it simply has no rival: this will be the book on Soviet and post-Soviet book design.” (Dr Eliot Borenstein, Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, New York University, USA)

“The New Russian Book is an amazing cultural history of post-Soviet Russia analyzed through the ups and downs of its extraordinary graphic culture. The author introduces us to scores of Russian books published over the last few decades, cheap paperbacks and richly bound hardbacks, popular fiction and rare volumes, and helps us to discover the extraordinary story behind every cover and every binding. In her work, Beck Pristed brilliantly demonstrates how reading involves understanding with your hands as well as with your eyes.” (Damiano Rebecchini, co-editor of “Reading in Russia”  and of the forth-coming A History of Reading in Russia”, Italy)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-50708-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-50707-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-84469-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The New Russian Book
Book Subtitle
A Graphic Cultural History
Authors
Series Title
New Directions in Book History
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-50708-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-50708-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-50707-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84469-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 343
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 47 illustrations in colour
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