Evgenii Popov: A new Gogol' for a new Russia?

David Gillespie

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This article examines the recent writing of Evgenii Popov (b. 1946), especially the 2012 novel @rbeit, and attempts to place the writer in the satirical tradition of Russian prose. The comparison with the nineteenth-century writer Nikolai Gogol? seems apt as both writers depict Russian society as a grotesque and absurd reality where the relationship between individuals and the collective breaks down and life itself borders on the phantasmagorical. Disparities, nevertheless, exist: Gogol? expresses anguish for the future of Russia, whereas Popov's work attacks injustice and corruption in both Soviet Russia and the Russia of President Putin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-461
Number of pages15
JournalModern Language Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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