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Red Laugh and The Abyss

Red Laugh and The Abyss
Leonid Andreyev
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Leonid Andreyev's Expressionist novella The Red Laugh is an experimental, fragmentary depiction of war and its psychological effects, both on those who participate in the fighting and on those who hear of its atrocities from afar; it was inspired by the horrors of the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese War. Translated into English for the first time since 1905, it is here paired with a fresh translation of Andreyev's earlier story 'The Abyss,' which caused scandal when it first appeared in 1902. This edition provides an illuminating introduction by translator Kirsten Lodge establishing the importance of Andreyev to both the Russian and to the overall modernist canon, as well as a range of background materials that help set the novel in its historical, literary, and artistic contexts.

Published:30 Jan 2021

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