Ol’ga Sedakova belongs to the generation of Russian poets who began to write prolifically during the 1970s. However, her poetry was not published in the official press until the end of the Soviet era, in 1988, because neither her thematic focus (literary tradition, the soul, spiritual concerns) nor her complex, allusive style corresponded to the prescribed official aesthetics. During the formative years of her career, Sedakova was part of the rich literary underground that had formed as an alternative to the stifling climate of Soviet official culture. Her work, which has attracted the labels of neo-modernism and meta-realism, loosely falls into the same category as that of Ivan Zhdanov, Elena Shvarts, and Viktor Krivulin.
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von Zitzewitz, Josephine. "Olga Sedakova". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 February 2013
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