By Avril Pyman
This publication is the 1st distinctive heritage of the Russian Symbolist move, which served because the seedbed of Existentialism and Modernism in Russia. It reassesses the symbolists' achievements within the gentle of contemporary study, targeting their literary works. Prose is quoted in English translation and poetry is given within the unique Russian with prose translations. there's a worthy bibliography of basic resources and an intensive chronological appendix. This ebook will fill a long-felt hole for college kids and lecturers of Russian and comparative literature, symbolism, modernism, and pre-revolutionary Russian tradition.
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Dostoevsky, in an article written two years before Fet's exclusion, in the momentous year of the Emancipation of the serfs, summed up the temporary uselessness and eternal worth of the artist by imagining Fet as an eighteenth-century Portuguese poet whose most famous lyric poem appears on the front page of a local newspaper on the very day of the Lisbon earthquake. People interested only in casualty lists and relief measures would have been shocked to read: IIIenoT, poGKoe flbixaHbe TpeJIH COJIOBfcH, C e p e 6 p o H KOJibixaHbe CoHHoro pynbfl CBeT H04H0H, HOHHbie TeHH, TeHH 6e3 KOHua.
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His father, who held the rank of a Deistvitel'nyi Tainyi Sovetnik (Acting Privy Councillor) in the upper echelons of the Ministry of the Interior, but who had resigned after the assassination of Alexander II, seems to have been afigurereminiscent of Tolstoy's Karenin; cold, unapproachable, absorbed, after the death of his wife, in spiritualism. Physically, Dmitrii Merezhkovsky resembled him. 39 The children were brought up, as he says himself, 'like mushrooms in the 'And what shall I now give the people?
A History of Russian Symbolism by Avril Pyman