About the author: Dr. Andrei Rogachevskii holds degrees in Russian and Slavonic Languages and Literatures from the Moscow State University and the University of Glasgow. He has taught at the University of Helsinki, the University of Glasgow, the University of Strathclyde, and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He has published three earlier books, including one on Pushkin.2003 0-7734-6847-1
Eduard Liminov (b. 1943), one of the most controversial writers of his generation, was brought to international fame by his allegedly autobiographical cycle of novels and short stories, with their obscene language, shocking eroticism and provocative political statements. This is the first comprehensive and unbiased analysis of Limonov’s poetry, fiction, and journalism in any language. It distinguishes between Limonov the author and Limonov the character in order to pinpoint Limonov’s true beliefs, as opposed to his public statements, which are often meant to cause outrage. It discusses his mixed Russian/non-Russian literary pedigree, the controversial reception of his work in the US, Europe and Soviet/post-Soviet Russia. A great deal of previously unpublished archive material is quoted throughout.