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Russian literature is the literature of the Russian people and people of another nation, brought up in the traditions of Russian culture. Russian classical literature.
Russian literature is a great literature, the roots of which go back to the mists of time. For a long time it was – and for many it still remains – the easiest art to understand and closest to the soul. Since its inception, it has accompanied a person, reflecting the most significant historical events and being a true mirror of the soul of the Russian people.
Russian literature, distinguished by its colorful and rich language, imagery of characters and philosophical reflections on the meaning of life, occupies a special place in world culture.
History of Russian literature: from the first monuments to world recognition
A millennium separates us from the time when the first literary works appeared in ancient Russia – it was around the 9th-10th centuries, during the time of Kievan Rus.
Traditionally, the history of the formation and development of Russian literature is divided into seven periods:
IX-XVII centuries – Old Russian literature: the first literary monuments appear (chronicles, lives, epistles) and one of the most famous works – “The Tale of Igor’s Campaign”;
XVIII century – the principles of classicism were mastered in literature;
XIX century – it is called the “golden age” of Russian literature. According to foreign literary scholars, this time in Russian literature is “the most fruitful period of world literature” (Encyclopædia Britannica);
XX century (until 1917) – the period at the turn of the XIX and XX centuries is called the “silver age” due to the intellectual outburst in the literary environment associated with the search for new ideas and forms;
1917-1991 – the period of socialist realism, strict censorship and the emergence of the so-called “dissident literature”;
since 1991 – the post-Soviet period – a difficult period of mixing genres and types of literature, the search for new forms of communication with the reader.
There is a more detailed periodization, including turning points in the history of Russia; for example, literature from the time of Peter the Great or wartime literature of 1941-1945 can be singled out separately.
Modern literature includes all works published after the collapse of the USSR in 1991.
- Victor Pelevin;
- Lyudmila Ulitskaya;
- Guzel Yakhina;
- Vladimir Sorokin;
- Venedict Erofeev.
The 19th century is called “golden” thanks to the works of V.A. Zhukovsky, A.S. Pushkin, A. S. Griboyedov, M. Yu. Lermontov and many other representatives of the first half of the 19th century, who raised the Russian word to a higher level and began to create works based on the use of oral folk art.