When Russian literature passed through Prague

Prague in the ‘20s was a hotbed of émigré Russian intellectual life

In the wake of the Russian Revolution and civil war Prague played a surprisingly large and often unacknowledged role in 20th century Russian literature and thought. While the exiled aristocratic and political exiles settled in Paris and most of Russia’s intelligentsia chose Berlin, the scholars and writers that came to then Czechoslovakia would have a far reaching intellectual influence.

Read the full article at Czech Position

Photo – Poster for the 1934 film of Yury Tynanov’s novella ‘Lieutenant Kijé.’ Though Tynanov didn’t emigrate he was a significant contributor to the Prague Linguistic Circle and made his way to Prague sometimes to collaborate with Roman Jakobson and company.

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