Eduard Limonov & Academic Studies

Vladimir Voinovich, Anatoly Gladilin, Andrei Siniavski, Alexei Tsvetkov, Edouard Limonov, Sacha Sokolov, Naum Korzhavin, Victor Nekrasov, Yuz Aleshkovsky, Edward Albee, Vasily Aksyonov, Dmitry Bobyshev, Sergei Dovlatov.

In May 1981, a dozen of the most important Russian writers of our day gathered at the University of Southern California along with a dozen American Slavists to discuss contemporary Russian writing in the presence of an audience of some 500 specialists and visitors.

The event was called "Russian Literature in Emigration : The Third Wave."

This volume presents not only the prepared talks of each of the contributors, but also a verbatim transcript of the remarks made by all of the participants during discussions and round tables.

No more comprehensive look at contemporary Russian writing will be found anywhere, but this volume is particularly fascinating because it reveals the serious disagreements among writers themselves about their role in the West and the best ways to fulfill their destiny.

A unique historical document.

  In this conference, 3 contributions concern Eduard Limonov.

 One of the three : 

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Karen Ryan-Hayes 

Contemporary Russian Satire 

A Genre Study  - 1993 


Limonov's "It's Me, Eddie" and the Autobiographical Mode

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 Cynthia Simmons      1993

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Remaining Relevant After Communism: The Role of the Writer in Eastern Europe

By Andrew Baruch Wachtel

 The University of Chicago Press - 2006 

Eduard Limonov : Politics as Farce

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LITERATURE IN EXILE / edited by John Glad // "Duke University Press", 1990, 192 pp.  


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Christine Korte

York University




In 2008, German director, Frank Castorf, staged an adaptation of Eduard Limonov’s 1979 novel "It's Me, Eddie" ("Fuck Off, Amerika" in Deutsch).

Limonov’s novel scandalized audiences with its description of capitalist excess and nihilism by detailing the exploits of a Soviet dissident in New York City.

Castorf’s adaptation aligns itself with Limonov’s critique of both the socialist and capitalist projects, and reinforces the political line of his own theatre, the Berliner Volksbühne.

The production centralizes around the novel’s protagonist Eddie (Eduard Limonov’s alter-ego), maximizing on Limonov’s real-life biography as leader of the extremist National Bolshevik Party in Russia.

Both Castorf and Limonov delineate the ideological fantasies of former socialist regimes as a postsocialist performance of politics. As this depiction is reliant on Limonov’s political involvement in real zones of war and conflict, both artists use questionable means to mark geo-political terrains where ‘Americanization’ and neo-liberalism have not firmly taken root.

As such, the production represents the attempt to perpetuate a struggle against the Western ‘colonization’ of the former East, which was most vibrant in the immediate years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.


University of NOTRE DAME

Eduard Limonov, Vagrich Bakhchanyan - 1975  

Department of Rare Books
& Special Collections

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone: 574.631.0290
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 The Vagrich and Irene Bakhchanyan Collections

The materials include three collections assembled by a prominent Soviet and, after emigration, American artist, writer, and poet, Vagrich Bakhchanyan (1938-2009; Russian: Вагрич Акопович Бахчанян), and his wife Irene: the Eduard Limonov Papersthe Mail Art Collection; and the Stalin Drawings.

MSE/REE 0006 – In process

  The Eduard Limonov Papers

Eduard Limonov (b.1943, Dzerzhinsk, Russia; real name Eduard Veniaminovich Savenko; Russian: Эдуард Лимонов), a long-time friend of Vagrich and Irene Bakhchanyan, is a well-known Russian and émigré writer and poet. More recently, he has been a leading political opposition figure in Putin's Russia.

The materials include personal papers of Eduard Limonov which, for the most part, reflect the early years of his life in the United States (1974-1980), when, as a struggling émigré, he wrote his first and most famous novel Its Me, Eddie: A Fictional Memoir (Russian edition 1977, French translation 1980; English edition 1983).

The collection includes Limonov's early handwritten prose and poetry drafts (9 notebooks, ca 1968-1969); published and unpublished manuscripts and typescripts, including the typescript (with author's notations) of his first autobiographical novel It's me, Eddie and the typescript (with author's notations) of his second autobiographical work Sekretnaia tetrad' ili dnevnik neudachnika (The Secret Notebook Or the Diary of a Loser); Limonov's early political writings (1970s), and miscellaneous documents pertaining to the establishment of Konkret, a poets' group, and the American Art Russe Corporation, organized by Limonov, Valentin Prussakov, Marat Katrov, and Boris Miller in New York.

The collection also includes correspondence with such émigré writers as: Vladimir Maramzin (1980); Yuri Miloslavskii (1980) and Konstantin Kuz'minskii (1978); correspondence with the essayist and literary critic Olga Carlisle and the publisher Carl Proffer (1979) as well as Limonov's letters and handwritten notes to his wife, Elena Shchapova de Carli (ca. 1980). The collection holds such miscellaneous items as Limonov's emigration papers and his foreign visa applications; clippings of articles from the Soviet and U.S. press mentioning his literary work and his political activity (1970s); and a self-portrait in (fictional) military uniform [ca. 1975].

In process

The Stalin Drawings

This unique collection was conceived by Vagrich Bakhchanyan in 1979 in conjunction with the one hundredth anniversary of Stalin's birth. During the ensuing nineteen years, Bakhchanyan gathered almost two hundred original portrait drawings of the Soviet dictator by leading Russian and émigré artists, writers, and cultural figures, including the Nobel laureate poet Joseph Brodsky, the sculptor Ernst Neizvestnyi, painters Ilya Kabakov, Mikhail Shemiakin, and Mikhail Grobman, writers Sergei Dovlatov, Eduard Limonov, and Petr Vail, and numerous other personalities. Most drawings were created on the spot, on small pieces of paper, even napkins, in ink or pencil, during parties at the Bakhchanyans' residence in Manhattan.

In process

The Mail Art Collection

This collection comprises over one hundred examples of mail art received by Vagrich Bakhchanyan from all over the world: the United States, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, and Switzerland. Many of the works represented in the collection can be attributed to such well-known figures as the Russian-French writer, poet, publisher, mail art and performance artist Vladimir Tolstyi (1937-2013, real name Vladimir Solomonovich Kotliarov), Anna Banana, Lon Spiegelman, Mamablanca, David Cole, Geza Perneczky, Abracadala, Ryosuke Cohen, E.F. Higgins III, Carlo Pittore, the Cracker Jack Kid, Buster Cleveland, Cavellini, Enrico Sturani, Kamill Major, Jaroslav Supek, and John Held, Jr. The artistic groups represented in the collection include: Doo Da Post, Zona 85, Inter Dada, Aerosol, and Stampart #4. The collection also contains 20 volumes of DOC(k)S from the 1970s and 80s, a publication dedicated to mail and performance art, edited and published by the French artist and poet, Julien Blaine.

Lord Archer and Limonov

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