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Yokoyama, Olga T
Russian Peasant Letters
Texts and Contexts
volume: 18
pages/dimensions: VII, 973 pages, mit 1 Kte
parts: 2 parts
language: English, Russian
binding: 2 × Book (Hardback)
dimensions: 17.00 × 24.00 cm
edition: 1. Auflage
publishing date: 06.01.2008
prices: 148,00 Eur[D] / 152,20 Eur[A]
ISBN: 978-3-447-05653-3
148,00 Eur

This editio princeps of letters by three Russian peasant men and two peasant women from a single family in southern Vyatka (now Udmurtia) covers the reign of Alexander III and two years of Nicholas II. The letters represent a precious primary source for Russian dialectologists and other linguists, such as those interested in the acquisition of literacy. They also provide direct, unadorned, and often vivid testimony concerning all aspects of everyday life − a unique source for scholars of history, sociology, culturology, and Peasant Studies. Written entirely in the peasants’ own voices, addressing other family members, the letters track the development of events and of the authors themselves. The content includes economic and personal news, village and town gossip, parental admonition and prayers, requests for help, intrafamily troubles, and simply the authors’ pouring out their hearts. The texts (with commentaries) are reproduced in three versions (the original Russian, a normalized Russian version, and an English translation); essays on linguistic and content-related features are followed by indices, appendices, bibliographical references, and facsimiles and illustrations.