Belomor: Criminality and Creativity in Stalin’s Gulag (Myths by Julie S. Draskoczy

By Julie S. Draskoczy

Containing analyses of every thing from prisoner poetry to album covers, Belomor: criminal activity and Creativity in Stalin’s Gulag strikes past the simplistic good/evil paradigm that regularly accompanies Gulag scholarship. whereas acknowledging the normative energy of Stalinism—an ethos so hegemonic it desired to harness the very mechanisms of inspiration—the quantity additionally acknowledges many of the loopholes provided by means of creative expression. possibly the main notorious undertaking of Stalin’s first Five-Year Plan, the Belomor building was once riddled by way of paradox, exceptionally the truth that it created a massive waterway that used to be too shallow for giant crafts. much more major, and sinister, is that the undertaking received the backing of recognized inventive luminaries who enthusiastically professed the doctrine of self-fashioning. Belomor complicates our realizing of the Gulag through either prisoner motivation and respectable reaction from a number of angles, thereby providing a extra expansive imaginative and prescient of the hard work camp and its connection to Stalinism.

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