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Literaturnaia Gazeta Digital Archive (1929 to present)


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Online-Service mit Zugang zu sämtlichen Ausgaben der russischen Wochenzeitung "Literaturnaja Gazeta" ab 1929 im kombinierten Text- und Imageformat. Die "Literaturnaja Gazeta" ist eine der ältesten russischen Zeitungen mit einem Schwerpunkt auf literaturwissenschaftlichen Themen. Das u.a. von Alexander Puschkin mitbegründete Organ stieg zum offiziellen Organ des sowjetischen Schriftstellerverbandes auf und erlebte zudem einen inhaltlichen Formatwechsel vom reinen Literaturorgan hin zu einer thematisch breiter aufgestellten Zeitung für Literatur, Kunst, Politik oder soziale Fragen. Abgedeckter Zeitraum: 1929 ff. Updates: jährlich.

Literaturnaia Gazeta Digital Archive (1929 to present)

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History of Literaturnaia gazeta

Literaturnaia gazeta was established on April 22, 1929 with the support of the "father of Soviet literature", writer Maxim Gorky, who borrowed the name of the 19th century publication, founded by a group of authors led by Alexander Pushkin. This is the reason the masthead of Literaturnaia gazeta included the silhouette portraits of Pushkin and during some periods, Gorky.

In 1932 Literaturnaia gazeta became the offcial organ of the Union of Soviet Writers, the government-controlled organization which controlled most literary publications and the employment of writers in the USSR. In the post-World War II period, the scope of Literaturnaia gazeta expanded from an exclusively literary newspaper to more of a literary, social and political publication, becoming one of the most authoritative and infuential publications in the country. Poetry and prose was published along with culture and everyday life, portraying a more human side in Soviet society.

The tone and focus of Literaturnaia gazeta did change with every new editor-inchief, however, a major transformation occurred in 1967 when the prominent Russian intellectual Aleksandr Chakovsky headed the 16-page weekly, which became the only newspaper of its kind in the USSR. As the press-run grew to 6.5 million copies in the 1970s and 1980s, it became the most popular newspaper with intelligentsia, who fondly dubbed it "Literaturka".

Why It's Important Today

Literaturnaia gazeta was truly significant in the cultural life of the Soviet Union. While all offcially published works were restricted in Soviet times, compared to the party-run Pravda and the government–run Izvestiia, this newspaper was more likely to push the limits of censorship in expressing views on the social life and culture. Unlike many other Soviet newspapers, Literaturnaia gazeta refrained from simply re-publishing offcial party statements and resolutions.

For those studying Russian, Russian literature, and comparative literature, Literaturnaia gazeta is undoubtedly an important resource: its pages carry literary criticism; excerpts from works of literature; articles on economics, sociology, ethics, daily life, scientific progress; information for discussion and debate. Contributors to Literaturnaia gazeta included the best prose writers of the era: Isaak Babel', Mikhail Bulgakov, Veniamin Kaverin, Leonid Leonov, Yuriy Olesha, Boris Pil'nyak, Yevgeniy Zamyatin, and Mikhail Zoshchenko.

Soviet humor, which very much influences Russian language and humor today, was honed in the pages of Literaturnaia gazeta. Good-natured satire was intelligently used as a cover to speak to the many frustrating and unpleasant aspects of Soviet life that were rarely acknowledged in other publications. Many of the articles, commentary and especially political cartoons of "Literaturka" were promptly noticed and widely discussed among friends and colleagues.

Literaturnaia gazeta is now available in a complete online archive, from the first issue in 1929, in full-image and searchable text Now online access to Literaturnaia gazeta on microfilm, converted the images into PDF, and then scanned the files through an optical character recognition process to create an online digital and searchable resource. Researchers can search the text in Literaturnaia gazeta, as well as browse or navigate between pages. The interface allows users to zoom or pan, even export results as Adobe PDFs, in an enhanced format that keeps intact every page of this historic newspaper's original layout and design, including photos/graphics.

  • Conduct advanced or simple searches of over 50,000 articles, with quick results
  • Export images and text for use in other applications
  • Retrieve an article or images online, anywhere on campus
  • Save, print or email content
  • Use powerful zoom tools to enhance reading
  • Perform searches in Cyrillic or transliteration
  • Reference permanent URLs for correct citations
  • See photos, maps, diagrams, and cartoons from Soviet times, now accessible as never before

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