May 11, 2021

Episode #10: Anti-Soviet identities in the USSR

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A podcast by Yasha and Evgenia, two Soviet immigrants living through American decline.
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Andrei Tarkovsky on the set of Stalker.

In this ep Evgenia and I talk about Jewish nationalism and other identities that started cropping up in the Soviet Union in 1960s and 1970s, when disillusionment began to set in with the boomer generation. While some discovered Zionism and Judaism, others got baptized — like Evgenia’s dad and uncle did.

—Yasha Levine

PS: Evgenia mentioned an essay on socialist realism by a Soviet writer named Andrei Sinyavsky, who went by the pen name Abram Tertz. You can read it in English, along with his novel — The Trial Begins.



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