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Dacha Idylls: Living Organically in Russia's Countryside

Melissa Caldwell


This book is a lively account of dacha life and how Russians experience this deeply rooted tradition of the summer cottage amid the changing cultural, economic, and political landscape of postsocialist Russia. Simultaneously beloved and reviled, dachas wield a power that makes owning and caring for them an essential part of life. The book captures the their abiding traditions and demonstrates why Russians insist that these dwellings are key to understanding Russian life. It draws on literary texts as well as observations from dacha dwellers to highlight this enduring fact of Russian culture at ... More

Keywords: dacha life, summer cottage, postsocialist Russia, Russian life, Russian culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520262843
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520262843.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melissa Caldwell, author