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Ingunn Lunde

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474421560

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421560.001.0001

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Confronting Linguistic Legacies

Confronting Linguistic Legacies

Evgenii Popov and Vladimir Sorokin

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(p.107) Chapter 7 Confronting Linguistic Legacies
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Ingunn Lunde

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421560.003.0008

This chapter sets out to investigate how the implications and broader dimensions of the Soviet linguistic legacy is represented in two post-Soviet prose texts, Evgenii Popov’s novel Podlinnaia istoriia ‘zelenykh muzykantov’ (The True Story of the ‘Green Musicians’, 1998) and Vladimir Sorokin’s short-story ‘Monoklon’ (2010). Popov’s ‘novel in footnotes’ comments on a text from the 1970s (reproduced in the novel), using humour and satire to expose the emptiness of clichés and make links to the present-day language debates. Sorokin, in turn, invokes the historical memory of Soviet speak through fragments, slogans, words and concepts, creating in his text a ‘simultaniety of the non-simultaneous’ by juxtaposing elements from two very different parts of the Soviet past and showing the need to tackle this past (or these pasts) in present-day Russian society.

Keywords:   Evgenii Popov, Vladimir Sorokin, language ideologies, linguistic legacies, post-Soviet language culture, sociolinguistic change, post-Soviet Russian prose

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