“Vo Glubine Sibirskikh Rud”: Siberia and the Myth of Exile

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Siberia in the nineteenth-century Russian literary imagination is in large part shaped by the historical reality of imprisonment and exile. The image of Siberia as a place of punishment appears in works by and about the Decembrists, in the writings of political prisoners and exiles from the middle and later parts of the century—for example—Dostoevsky and Korolenko, and in such travelogues as Chekhov’s “Iz Sibiri” (“From Siberia”). But at the same time, Siberia serves as a blank slate for European Russians, who inscribe it with many different visions of themselves and their culture. These representations of Siberia reflect the major currents of Russian literature and thought of the time.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBetween Heaven and Hell
Subtitle of host publicationThe Myth of Siberia in Russian Culture
EditorsGalya Diment, Yuri Slezkine
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781137089144
ISBN (Print)9780312060725
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Russian Literature
  • Prison Experience
  • Blank Slate
  • Political Prisoner
  • Historical Reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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