Cover Page

Cite item


The purpose of the article is to identify the main principles of creation of the modern historical fiction and to determine the reasons for its popularity. In the course of the current study, the following features of modern Russian historical prose were noted: non-realistic depictions of historical events and historical figures, the shift of the narrative towards the sphere of private life and reinforcing the entertainment element. Writers are paying more attention to recreating the historical flavor, reflecting the consciousness of the era. The historico-philosophical prose of V. Aksenov and E. Vodolazkin is fundamentally different: they bring back to the historical prose its core values, philosophical and social categories, which are equally important for the past eras as well modern times. In general, the modern historical fiction, if analyzed systematically, reflects the leading artistic trends of the literary process of 2000-2010th: a dialogue with mass culture and the search for a new narrative style.

About the authors

Yanina Viktorovna Soldatkina

Moscow Pedagogical State University

Author for correspondence.
Malaya Pirogovskaya, 1, Moscow, Russia, 119991


  1. Bahtin M.M. Formy vremeni i hronotopa v romane [Forms of time and chronotope in the novel]. Bahtin M.M. Sobranie sochinenij. T.3: Teorija romana (1930—1961). M., 2012.
  2. Gularjan A.B. Zhanr al’ternativnoj istorii kak sistemnyj indikator social’nogo diskomforta [The genre of alternative history as a systemic indicator of social discomfort]. Samizdat: URL: (accessed 13.10.2016).
  3. Danilkin L.A. «Obitel’» Zahara Prilepina: lagernyj ad kak model’ strany [“Cloister” by Zakhar Prilepin: the hell of the camp as a model for the country]. Afisha.Vozduh: URL:­zahara­prilepina­lagernyy­ad­kak­model­strany/ (accessed 13.10.2016).
  4. Markarjan O.Je. «Lestnica Jakova». Roman o proshlom [“Jacob’s Ladder”. A novel about the past]. Rara Avis Otkrytaja kritika: URL: http://rara­­texts/lestnica_yakova_roman_o_proshlom (accessed 13.10.2016).
  5. Meskin V.A. «Myslennyj volk» Alekseja Varlamova kak opyt simvolistskogo romana [“The spiritual wolf” by Alexey Varlamov as the experience of the symbolist novel]. Vestnik Rossijskogo universiteta druzhby narodov. Serija: Literaturovedenie, zhurnalistika. 2017. № 1.
  6. Pushkareva N.L. «Istorija povsednevnosti» kak napravlenie istoricheskih issledovanij [“The history of everyday life” as the direction of historical research]. Perspektivy: URL: (accessed 13.10.2016).
  7. Terehov A.M. Kamennyj most [Kamenny bridge]. M., 2009.

Copyright (c) 2017 Солдаткина Я.В.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

This website uses cookies

You consent to our cookies if you continue to use our website.

About Cookies