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Author Krement︠s︡ov, N. L.

Title Revolutionary experiments : the quest for immortality in Bolshevik science and fiction / Nikolai Krementsov.

Publication Info. New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]

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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 268 pages) : illustrations, portraits
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prologue: science and fiction -- "The Ray of Life": science in revolutions -- "Professor's Head": isolated organs -- "Neither life, nor death": anabiosis -- "The Billionaire's Last Will": hormones and institutions -- "The Dog's Heart" and monkey glands -- Quo vadimus?: human biology and human destiny -- Epilogue: an unending quest.
Summary Krementsov examines a particular fascination with the dream of immortality and the place of science and fiction in its pursuit in Russia during roughly a decade that followed the country's political revolutions of 1917. It argues that contemporary scientific experiments aimed at the control over life, death, and disease inspired many Russian writers to conduct their own literary experiments with the ideas and techniques offered by experimental biology and medicine, which found expression in both popular-science writings and a new literary genre, science fiction.
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Subject Literature and science -- Soviet Union.
Biology -- Soviet Union -- Experiments.
Immortality in literature.
Biology in literature.
Science fiction, Russian -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Other Form: Print version: Krement︠s︡ov, N.L. Revolutionary experiments : the quest for immortality in Bolshevik science and fiction. New York : Oxford University Press, [2014] xv, 268 pages 9780199992980 (DLC) 2013037097
ISBN 9780199992997 (electronic bk.)
0199992991 (electronic bk.)
9780199992980 (alk. paper)