By Avril Pyman
This e-book 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 learn, concentrating on 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 publication will fill a long-felt hole for college students and lecturers of Russian and comparative literature, symbolism, modernism, and pre-revolutionary Russian tradition.
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No blizhnikh ne liubliu, kak ne liubliu sebia' ('But I do not love my neighbours, even as I do not love myself); 'la liudiam chuzhd i malo veriu / Ia dobrodeteli zemnoi' ('I am alien to people / and have little faith in earthly virtue'); 'Ia ne liubliu rodnykh moikh, druzia / Mne chuzhdy, brak - tiazhelaia obuza' ('I do not love my family, my friends / Are alien to me, marriage - a heavy burden'). Most poignantly, perhaps: Hyacoe cepaue — MHP ny»coH, M HeT K HeMy ny-rn! *43 Merezhkovsky felt that his generation had inherited a bankrupt tradition - and stated this in a poem which sounds like a tinkling echo of Lermontov's 'Duma' (Meditation), a robust, romantic diatribe on the same theme: H /jeTH, B Hrpax myMHbix, Bee HCTomHjiH Bbi ,/jo /ma.
10 Another legacy of the 1860s, which particularly incensed Volynsky and Transitional writers 21 others who wished to change society's attitude to the arts, was the sheer bad manners customary in Russian literary polemics. 12 Volynsky was a good deal more explicit and emotional: There is nothing more shameful than Russian journalists' polemics with their cynical fabrications, their lack of respect for human personality, the uncultured virulence in the way they use the basest words and expressions.
The political clamp-down which followed was powerless to stop the spread of Marxist ideas - profoundly opposed to that individualistic, self-sacrificing love of the peasantry, compounded of guilt, admiration and nostalgia, which was the motive force of Populism. The concept of class warfare and of the inevitability of the historical process combined to suggest that the slogans of brotherhood and justice are used by each rising class simply to clear for itself a place at the table of life, a place which it will, if necessary, take by force.
A History of Russian Symbolism by Avril Pyman