By Irene Masing-Delic
The belief of abolishing demise used to be probably the most influential myth-making options expressed in Russian literature from 1900 to 1930, particularly within the works of writers who attributed a "life-modeling" functionality to paintings. To them, paintings was once to create a lifestyles so aesthetically equipped and ideal that immortality will be an inevitable outcome. this concept was once reflected within the considered a few who believed that the political revolution of 1917 might lead to a revolution in simple existential evidence: in particular, the assumption that communism and the accompanying increase of technology may finally manage to bestow actual immortality and to resurrect the useless. in line with one version, for instance, the lifeless have been to be resurrected through extrapolation from the strains in their exertions left within the fabric international. the writer reveals the seeds of this outstanding suggestion within the erosion of conventional faith in late-nineteenth-century Russia. motivated by way of the hot energy of medical inquiry, humankind appropriated a number of divine attributes one by one, together with omnipotence and omniscience, yet finally even aiming towards the conclusion of person, actual immortality, and therefore meaning to equality with God. Writers as various because the "decadent" Fyodor Sologub, the "political" Maxim Gorky, and the "gothic" Nikolai Ognyov created works for making mortals into gods, remodeling the uncooked fabrics of present fact into legend. The publication first outlines the ideological context of the immortalization undertaking, particularly the influence of the philosophers Fyodorov and Solovyov. the rest of the ebook comprises shut readings of texts by way of Sologub, Gorky, Blok, Ognyov, and Zabolotsky. Taken jointly, the works yield the "salvation application" that tells humans easy methods to abolish dying and reside perpetually in an everlasting, self-created cosmos―gods of a legend that used to be made attainable by means of artistic artists, innovative scientists, and encouraged employees.
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Her fingers had pressed against his windpipe. The collar had seemed to be half a size too small, although it was the size that he had worn without too much discomfort two years before. This was the closest they had ever been to each other. These days, he avoided any form of physical proximity. He did not like to be touched. He gazed at the smeared window of the compartment, and at the passing landscape. He could choose to stay his eye on the glass pane of the train window, and to see the reflection of his own good-looking, pleasant, good-humoured, generous face.
Herm-Aphrodite,’ he said, conjuring forth an intersexed Venus-Apollo from the waves, a goddess or a god of change. He spoke of intersexed males and females, of transitionals. ‘ When I was young, he was saying, hermaphrodites 4 were more common in the invertebrate world. My first published paper was on the life cycle of the marine shrimp …’ Ailsa Kelman stood on the platform, back straight, breathing evenly and listening hard. She smiled rigidly outwards and onwards as the marine biologist spoke.
Or he could look through the pane to watch the familiar fields and canals and scruffy skewbald ponies of England as they travelled past him. Is there another world, beyond the mirrored self, and beyond the visible world beyond the self ? He had once imagined that there might be. He had believed it might be there perpetually. The glass ceiling, the glass wall of the aquarium. He had once studied the optics of fish. One could spend one of many lifetimes studying the optics of fish. Happily studying the optics of fish.
Abolishing Death: A Salvation Myth of Russian Twentieth-Century Literature by Irene Masing-Delic