LITERARY BYZANTISM IN KONSTANTIN LEONTYEV'S NOVEL

«ЛИТЕРАТУРНЫЙ» ВИЗАНТИЗМ В РОМАНЕ К. Н. ЛЕОНТЬЕВА «ОДИССЕЙ ПОЛИХРОНИАДЕС»
LITERARY BYZANTISM IN KONSTANTIN LEONTYEV'S NOVEL "ODYSSEUS OF POLIHRONIADES"

Author(s): Darja Kunilskaya
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Fiction, Studies of Literature, Russian Literature
Published by: Петрозаводский государственный университет
Keywords: Konstantin Leontyev; Odysseus of Polihroniades; Athos

Summary/Abstract: The article deals with Byzantine quotes in Konstantin Leontyev’s novel Odysseus of Polihroniades. The author regarded this novel to be the best of all his works. The Byzantine influence was discovered through analyzing the Athos regular readings including the typicon of the St. Panteleimon Monastery, where Konstantin Leontyev spent 18 months. It is emphasized that the text of the novel contains some of the Athos. The paper analyzes the topic of time recurrence, developed in the novel, which is different from the Christian conception of linear time. The article examines both the sacred text of regular readings and the quotes and reminiscences connected with the names of St. John Chrysostom and St. Isaac the Syrian. The article concludes that some elements of Leontyev’s future Doctrine of a New Eastern Culture are presented in his novel Odysseus of Polihroniades. The Byzantine quotes, therefore, help to understand the mechanism of the authors’ ideas implementation in the novel.

  • Issue Year: 11/2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 256-267
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English, Russian