Ananalysis of Zhivago’s children
Zhivago`schildren:thelastRussian intelligentsia,is a bookthat depictstheaspectsof thepost-World-war culturalandintellectualhistory.Vladislav Zubok theauthor,of thisgreatpiece,goesaheadto makeus awareof thestrugglesthat artistsandintellectualswentthrough, in orderto regainvictoryin a regimethat wasmediocre.Thisbook,moreovertalksof theslowbutsteadydisappearanceof optimismandrevolutionary-romantic idealismthat theintellectualshadto endure. Chapter1 of thisbooktitled “The ‘children’growup” doesa thoroughjobofrecountingandanalyzingthefateof Zhivago’s children.Itnot onlydrawson thechildren’snumerousdiaries,butalsopersonalinterviewsandarchives. Despite this,there are, however,someaspectsof ‘Zhivago`s children’thatI failto understandandwould be of admirablecompassionifunderstood. Despite Zubok tellingthestorywith a keen eyeto detail,I failto understandhow,Cultural continuityduring the‘intelligista’periodis thecentralthemeof thisbook.I alsodonot understandhowZhivago’s Children wereneverentirelycommunist oranti-communist, andyettheyweresimultaneouslySoviet andanti-Soviet. Finally,I would loveto knowwhetherRussia will evercommitthemselves to theidealismmixturethatZhivago’s childrenrepresented. Zubok has usedseveralquotes in thispieceof work.I however,findinterestingthisquotethat heuses“We are justthepitifulremnantsof theepochthat has died.Nothingisleftof theoldpartythere`sa newpartywith newpeople.Theyhavereplacedus.” (Zubok, 2009). Zubok usesthisquote to showus howartistsandintellectualsfoundithardto cope during thosetryingtimes,a topicthat I would considerwritingon.
Zubok,V. (2009). Zhivago`schildren the last Russian intelligentsia.Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.