Reflections about revolution in A. Varlamov and E. Vodolazkin’s creativity (“Mental wolf” and “Aviator”)

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The article is devoted to the comparative analysis of the ideas of revolution expressed in novels “Mental Wolf” by A. Varlamov (2014) and “Aviator” by E. Vodolazkin (2017). Essentially various is an approach of two writers to interpretation of revolution: Varlamov expresses his own understanding in “Mental Wolf”, Vodolazkin in “Aviator” aims to express only possible vision of revolution by one of contemporaries of those far events. At the same time, both the similarity and cardinal divergences in interpretation of a subject of revolution in the called novels are detected. The community is that both authors’ perception of revolution is tragic: it is interpreted as a change which has caused deeply destructive consequences. In assessment of the essence of revolution for the hero of “Aviator” defining there is a moral vector while in “Mental Wolf”, on the contrary, idea of revolution is closely linked to the non-moral, spontaneous aspect. In the analysis of the novel “Mental Wolf” both parallels and basic divergences with the concepts of revolution created in literature of the first decades of the 20th century are revealed (A. Blok, B. Pilnyak, etc.). In article it is proved, that both A.Varlamov and E. Vodolazkin, reflecting on events of 1917, set as the purpose the judgment of certain key regularities of national history (“Mental Wolf”) and also the principles of relationship between the personality and history in general (“Aviator”). Analyzing a problem and thematic complex and art specifics of the called novels, the author of article proves a statement about a neomodernist vector of thinking of both writers.

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Darya Viktorovna Krotova

Lomonosov Moscow State University

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PhD, Moscow Lomonosov State University, Department of the History of Modern Russian Literature and Contemporary Literary Process

1 Leninskie Gory, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation


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