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date: 23 October 2019

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This article analyzes the political cartoons of Boris Efimov, one of the most significant Soviet propagandists, and how they helped to construct a Soviet way of seeing the world. Published in major newspapers and journals, Efimov’s caricatures, along with those of his fellow political cartoonists, attempted to create a sense of belonging by fostering an “emotional truth,” one conveyed through key symbols and concepts that would be repeated across the Soviet century. Efimov’s rendering of “two worlds”—one safe, strong, and masculine; one decrepit, weak, and scheming—served as a powerful means to construct Soviet sensibilities and Soviet truths.

Keywords: Boris Efimov, Soviet political caricature, propaganda, emotional truth, politics

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