Bulgakov or Castaneda of Popular Culture? Cover Image

Bułhakow czy Castaneda czasów popkultury?
Bulgakov or Castaneda of Popular Culture?

The Works of Victor Pelevin

Author(s): Bogusław Olszewski
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Russian Literature, Philology
Published by: Ośrodek Badawczy Facta Ficta
Keywords: Mikhail Bulgakov;Russian literature;Contemporary Russian literature;Victor Pelevin
Summary/Abstract: Bogusław Olszewski’s chapter discusses the influence of Mikhail Bulgakov’s works and writing style on the works of the contemporary Russian author, Victor Pelevin. Even though these two authors are frequently featured in comparative studies, seeking universal sources of literary inspiration in the classics, surrealist and postmodernist prose of Pielevin only remotely reminds the oeuvre of the author of Master and Margaret. Apart from the explicit influence of the Buddhist doctrine or shamanistic vision of the world, closely associated with the use of entheogens, the specific nature of the narrative and storyworld encourages the thesis that Pielevin’s fiction is largely pervaded by magical realism, maintained in the spirit of Carlos Castaneda’s.

  • Page Range: 573-585
  • Page Count: 13
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: Polish