Prominent historian of Russian literature, one of the best pushkinists of his time, Ju. Oksman was sent to a camp in Kolyma in 1936. Upon his release in 1947, he found a position at Saratov University, then he moved to the Institute of World Literature a decade later. Because of his anti-stalinism, he was fired from his academic positions in 1964 and until the perestroika it was forbidden to write about him in USSR. His letters to Ludwig Domherr or Gleb Struve provide a rich material of the scholar’s determination to revive the dialogue with the West and a testimony of his courageous position.
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