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It Will Be Fun and Terrifying: Nationalism and Protest in Post-Soviet Russia
by Fabrizio Fenghi
University of Wisconsin Press, 2020
eISBN: 978-0-299-32443-8 | Cloth: 978-0-299-32440-7
Library of Congress Classification JN6699.A8N385 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 324.247075

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
The National Bolshevik Party, founded in the mid-1990s by Eduard Limonov and Aleksandr Dugin, began as an attempt to combine radically different ideologies. In the years that followed, Limonov, Dugin, and the movements they led underwent dramatic shifts. The two leaders eventually became political adversaries, with Dugin and his organizations strongly supporting Putin’s regime while Limonov and his groups became part of the liberal opposition.
To illuminate the role of these right-wing ideas in contemporary Russian society, Fabrizio Fenghi examines the public pronouncements and aesthetics of this influential movement. He analyzes a diverse range of media, including novels, art exhibitions, performances, seminars, punk rock concerts, and even protest actions. His interviews with key figures reveal an attempt to create an alternative intellectual class, or a “counter-intelligensia.” This volume shows how certain forms of art can transform into political action through the creation of new languages, institutions, and modes of collective participation.
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