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Abolishing Death: A Salvation Myth of Russian by Irene Masing-Delic

By Irene Masing-Delic

the belief of abolishing dying used to be the most influential myth-making strategies expressed in Russian literature from 1900 to 1930, specifically within the works of writers who attributed a "life-modeling" functionality to artwork. To them, paintings was once to create a lifestyles so aesthetically geared up and excellent that immortality will be an inevitable consequence.
This thought used to be reflected within the considered a few who believed that the political revolution of 1917 may result in a revolution in uncomplicated existential evidence: particularly, the idea that communism and the accompanying improve of technology may eventually have the ability to bestow actual immortality and to resurrect the useless. based on one variation, for instance, the lifeless have been to be resurrected through extrapolation from the lines in their exertions left within the fabric world.
The writer reveals the seeds of this impressive suggestion within the erosion of conventional faith in late-nineteenth-century Russia. stimulated through the hot strength of clinical inquiry, humankind appropriated a variety of divine attributes one by one, together with omnipotence and omniscience, yet ultimately even aiming towards the belief of person, actual immortality, and therefore meaning to equality with God. Writers as diverse 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 ebook first outlines the ideological context of the immortalization venture, significantly the effect of the philosophers Fyodorov and Solovyov. the rest of the publication involves shut readings of texts through Sologub, Gorky, Blok, Ognyov, and Zabolotsky. Taken jointly, the works yield the "salvation software" that tells humans the best way to abolish dying and reside ceaselessly in an everlasting, self-created cosmos—gods of a legend that used to be made attainable by way of inventive artists, creative scientists, and encouraged laborers.

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