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La conquista del Caucaso nella letteratura russa dell’Ottocento

Puškin, Lermontov, Tolstoj
  • Luigi Magarotto,

The author addresses the issue of the conquest of Caucasus at the hand of the Tsarist army, investigating the attitude held towards this event by three of the major authors of nineteenth-century Russian literature: Aleksandr Puškin (1799-1837), Mikhail Lermontov (1814-1841) and Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), expressed through some of their most famous works. As for Puškin, the analysis touches the three main Southern Poems, as well as the account of his trip to Arzrum in 1829 on the Russian-Turkish war theatre, and the drama Boris Godunov, dedicated above all to the matter of power, in which however the will to create an empire imposes itself. The analysis of Lermontov’s works, in addition to the poem The novice, set in Georgia, is also about the short story Bela, which is part of the 'novel' A hero of our time. The short story was chosen for its clear display of the Russian officers’ attitude of contempt towards the indigenous Caucasians. The analysis of Tolstoy starts with the young author’s position in the 1850s, when he was a voluntary fighter in the Caucasus, as shown in the story The raid. Then, the analysis moves to the position of the 'mature' Tolstoy, a pacifist and anti-militarist, who expresses his ideas in the long story Hadji Murat.

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Luigi Magarotto

University of Venice Ca' Foscari, Italy

Luigi Magarotto was a Full Professor of Russian language and literature at the University of Florence and at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where he was also a teacher of Georgian language and literature. In the field of Russian studies, he has mainly dealt with the works of Aleksandr Puškin, Mikhail Lermontov, Leo Tolstoy, Vladimir Majakovskij and Il'ja Zdanevice, the artistic and literary avant-garde, the Russian cubist and futurist books, socialist realism, Boris Poplavsky and Russian emigration. On the other hand, in the field of Kartvelian or Georgian studies, he has been interested in Nik'oloz Baratašvili, Važ a-Pšavela, Ilia C 'avc' avadze, the symbolist and avant-garde poets, the annexation of Georgia to Russia. He has published books, essays and scientific articles in both fields of research.
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Book Title

La conquista del Caucaso nella letteratura russa dell’Ottocento

Book Subtitle

Puškin, Lermontov, Tolstoj

Authors

Luigi Magarotto

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Number of Pages

342

Publication Year

2015

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© 2015 Author(s)

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CC BY 4.0

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Firenze University Press

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10.36253/978-88-6655-892-7

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978-88-6655-891-0

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978-88-6655-892-7

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Biblioteca di Studi Slavistici

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2612-7687

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