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Dekonstrukcja Imperium („Asan” Władimira Makanina)
Deconstruction of the empire („Asan” Vladimir Makanin’s)

Author(s): Andrzej Polak
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Russian Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego

Summary/Abstract: The author of the article treats the novel of contemporary Russian prose writer Vladimir Makanin as an example of anti-colonial creativity, which deconstructs the imperial way of thinking and contesting colonial domination. „Asan” is a text devoid of imperial textuality, criticizing the prevailing political system and showing the complex Caucasian reality. The place of the described events (Chechnya) was recognized as an area where the life of the inhabitants is still shaped by colonial experience. The inevitable effect of this kind of works is the deconstruction of the world’s imaginations made from the imperial point of view. It is accompanied by deconstructing one’s own language and recognizing the structures of violence in it.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 28
  • Page Range: 97-121
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Polish