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M.M. Prishvin and B.A. Pilnyak: To the history of creative relations

A.V. Svyatoslavsky
80,00 Р

UDC 821.161.1+929:75   


Svyatoslavsky Alexey V.,

Doctor of Culturology, Associate Professor,

Professor of the Institute of Philology

Moscow Pedagogical State University

ORCID iD 0000-0002-4909-8323



The article considers the history of creative and personal relationships of M. Prishvin and B. Pilnyak from 1922 to the beginning of the 1930s, basing on epistolary and diary entries. In the presence of stable, largely friendly relations between the two writers, their character was complicated by Prishvin’s very critical attitude towards his fellow writer, expressed in a number of sharp assessments of some of Pilnyak’s works. On the other hand, it is noted that Prishvin appreciates the artistic talent of Pilnyak as a master of vivid sketchy images. The discussion on the comparative analysis of Pilnyak’s novel “The Naked Year” written on fresh traces of the revolution and Prishvin’s novel “The World Cup” with the involvement of A.K. Voronsky and L.D. Trotsky was separately considered. The author of the article sees some sort of paradox in the Prishvins’ negative position regarding Pilniak’s novel in the obvious genre-stylistic commonality of both works, marked by traits of expressionism and “ornamental prose”. The article also attempts to explain the reasons for the stability of relations between the two writers over the years through a certain commonality of their views in terms of the historical fate of Russia, which made them, by and large, allies in the difficult ideological struggle of the 1920s and 30s.

Keywords: Michail Prishvin, Boris Pilnyak, Russian Soviet literature, expressionism, Russian prose of the 1920s, epistolary, diary.



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