A Fallen Idol Is Still a God: Lermontov and the Quandaries by Elizabeth Allen

By Elizabeth Allen

A Fallen Idol continues to be a God elucidates the historic uniqueness and value of the seminal nineteenth-century Russian poet, playwright, and novelist Mikhail Iurevich Lermontov (1814-1841). It does so by means of demonstrating that Lermontov's works illustrate the situation of residing in an epoch of transition. Lermontov's specific epoch was once that of post-Romanticism, a time while the twilight of Romanticism used to be dimming however the sunrise of Realism had but to seem. via shut and comparative readings, the ebook explores the singular metaphysical, mental, moral, and aesthetic ambiguities and ambivalences that mark Lermontov's works, and tellingly mirror the transition out of Romanticism and the character of post-Romanticism. total, the ebook unearths that, even supposing limited to his transitional epoch, Lermontov didn't succumb to it; as an alternative, he probed its personality and evoked its historic import. And the publication concludes that Lermontov's works have resonance for our transitional period within the early twenty-first century as well.

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