Intertextual Connections between the Novels The Goat in MILK by Yu. Polyakov and The Joke of the Patron by A. Averchenko

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This article is devoted to the analysis of the links between the novels The Joke of the Patron by A. Averchenko and The Goat in Milk by Yu. Polyakov. The purpose of the article is to explain the aspects that bring the two works together, as well as to reveal the characteristics that distinguish Yu. Polyakov from his predecessor. The task is to clarify the traditions of Russian literature and novelty in the novel The Goat in Milk by Yu. Polyakov. In the article, the author examines the similarity of the two works on the plot level, finds similar artistic techniques and motives for the actions of the characters. In addition, the article focuses on the gallery of Soviet writers created by Yu. Polyakov, as well as the important role of the historical event-the collapse of the USSR - in the life of the main characters. In his novel The Goat in Milk , Yu. Polyakov reflects the late Soviet and post-Soviet life in the literary circle. Attention to social phenomena and the development of history in the work of Yu. Polyakov is of great social and historical significance. We can say that Yu. Polyakov did not just borrow the plot of Averchenko, but on its basis he improved the original and gave a peculiar interpretation of the era of change from the point of view of the writer from the Soviet Union.


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Jinhua He

Moscow State University

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Email: he.jinhua@yandex.ru
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7565-906X
GSP-1 Leninskie Gory, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation

Postgraduate Student of the Department of Modern Russian Literature and Contemporary Literary Process

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