Don’t call it a comeback: Vasilii Rozanov and the Creation

By | August 25, 2011

Don't worry if you aren't especially familiar with Vasilii Rozanov — most readers outside Russia aren't. Yet this sometimes eccentric, frequently contradictory and always provocative writer and philosopher was one of the most important and controversial thinkers of pre-revolutionary Russia. After publishing a series of strikingly subjective, aphoristic philosophical diaries known as Fallen Leaves in the early years of the twentieth century, Rozanov starved to death in a cloister just two years after the Russian Revolution of 1917, and throughout the Soviet era his work was largely forgotten.

The past two decades have seen a resurgence of interest in this fascinating Russian intellectual, which is why we are so proud to announce the publication of Vasilii Rozanov and the Creation: The Edenic Vision and the Rejection of Eschatology by Adam Ure (Ph.D., School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, UK, 2009), available now from Continuum. The first major work in English on its subject, the book offers a truly compelling holistic study of the full range of Rozanov's thought, interpreting his philosophical, political, theological and aesthetic writings through the lens of his theory of Creation. Ure's achievement in reintroducing this intriguing thinker to the English-speaking world is sure to resonate with scholars for years to come.

(Jim Wagner, editorial staff)

More Endorsements for Vasilii Rozanov and the Creation:

"The most thorough English-language study to date of the penetrating, sometimes quirky, and always provocative thought of one of Russia’s most original thinkers and finest writers."
Edith W. Clowes, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Kansas Lawrence, USA

"Ure’s achievement will be of compelling interest to scholars and students of European literature, religious philosophy and intellectual history alike."
Stephen Hutchings, Professor of Russian Studies, University of Manchester, UK

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