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Written in Blood: Revolutionary Terrorism and Russian Literary Culture, 1861–1881
by Lynn Ellen Patyk
University of Wisconsin Press, 2020
Paper: 978-0-299-31224-4

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Written in Blood offers a fundamentally new interpretation of the emergence of modern terrorism, arguing that it formed in the Russian literary imagination well before any shot was fired or bomb exploded. Lynn Ellen Patyk contends that the prototype for the terrorist was the Russian writer, whose seditious word was interpreted as an audacious deed—and a violent assault on autocratic authority. Deftly combining riveting historical narrative with penetrating literary analysis of major and minor works, Patyk’s groundbreaking book reveals the power of the word to spawn deeds and the power of literature to usher new realities into the world.

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