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Border CrossingRussian Literature into Film$
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Alexander Burry and Frederick White

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474411424

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411424.001.0001

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“The Soviet Abroad (That We Lost)”: The Fate of Vasilii Aksenov’s Cult Novel A Starry Ticket on Paper and on Screen

“The Soviet Abroad (That We Lost)”: The Fate of Vasilii Aksenov’s Cult Novel A Starry Ticket on Paper and on Screen

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(p.223) Chapter 11 “The Soviet Abroad (That We Lost)”: The Fate of Vasilii Aksenov’s Cult Novel A Starry Ticket on Paper and on Screen
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Border Crossing
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Otto Boele

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411424.003.0011

This chapter explores Aleksandr Zarkhi’s film adaptation of Vasilii Aksenov’s 1961 “youth novel” A Starry Ticket into My Younger Brother just a year later. Despite the relative liberalism of the Thaw period, ideological strictures had to be adhered to, and this necessitated correction of the novel’s “flaws,” namely Aksenov’s use of youth jargon, his focus on the generational divide in Soviet society, his undermining of the the myth of a big Soviet family, and the lack of positive development in the hero. The film simplifies and sanitizes the novel by removing the generational conflict and transform the novel’s ambiguous conclusion into a more optimistic vision of social progress and personal maturation.

Keywords:   Aksenov, generational, liberalism, Soviet family, Thaw, youth novel, Zarkhi

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