The most remarkable development in Soviet publishing over the last three years has been the breathtaking transformation of the majority of the literary journals. The two currently most exciting journals, Novy mir and Znamia, have been utterly rejuvenated by their new chief editors. The veteran writer, Sergei Zalygin, has been editor-in-chief of Novy mir since the issue for October 1986. At the beginning of 1987 he brought on to the editorial board the journalist and story-writer Anatolii Strelianyi, the poet Oleg Chukhontsev and others. Novyi mir (circulation in January 1988 1 150 000, up from 496 100 in December 1987),1 has published Platonov’s The Foundation Pit (1987, 6), Bulgakov’s To A Secret Friend (1987, 8), Bitov’s Pushkin House (1987, 10–12), Shatrov’s The Peace of Brest-Litovsk (1987, 4), Brodskii’s poetry (1987, 12) and Doctor Zhivago (1988, 1–4). Grigorii Baklanov, another writer-editor, in charge at Znamia since August 1986, has co-opted Vladimir Lashkin, a key figure on Tvardovskii’s editorial board at the old Novyi mir and the urban writer Vladimir Makanin to the board. Unlike Novyi mir, Znamia has no glorious traditions to look back to, and its sudden dynamism has taken readers by surprise. Its 1988 circulation of 500 000 is up from 175 000 in 1985. It has published Alesandr Bek’s A New Assignment (1986, 10–11), Platonov’s The Juvenile Sea (1986, 6), Bulgakov’s The Heart of a Dog (1987, 6), Pil’niak’s The Tale of the Unextinguished Moon (1987, 12), Shatrov’s Onward … Onward … Onward! (1988, 1) and Zamiatin’s We (1988, 4–5).
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