The Phenomenon of C.T. Aitmatov: To the 90th Birthday of the Writer

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The purpose of the article dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Chinghiz Aitmatov’s birth is the study of the phenomenon of the writer’s artistic world, the uniqueness of which is due to a special author’s vision, manifested in the mythopoetic and philosophical understanding of life, in the “new” type of literary thinking, in creating a holistic national image of the world, in the “linguistic cosmos” of the bilingual author. On the material of the texts “The White Sheamboat”, “The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years”, “Scaffold”, “When the Mountains Fall (Eternal Bride)” and others, the poetics of the title, spatial loci and images of animals, the function of motives, the semantics of the circle, the specific character of poetic language are analyzed. The thirst for creativity as the need for “artistic perception of life” is considered in the article in two main aspects, formulated by Aitmatov himself as the Artist’s responsibility before the future: “knowledge of infinite beauty and infinite contradiction of the world”. The results of the text analysis are correlated in the article with the creative principles of the author, which made it possible to define the phenomenon of the artistic world of the bilingual writer as an achieving a “new level of consciousness” (Chinghiz Aitmatov’s “Linguistic Cosmos”).

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Alfia I Smirnova

Moscow City Pedagogical University

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Doctor in Philology, professor, Head of the Department of Russian Literature at the Institute of Humanities, Moscow City Pedagogical University

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