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Literary Сriticism


  • Shchelokova Larisa Candidate of Philology, Associate Professor


In the article the author examines the motives of freedom and unfreedom in different spheres of life during World War II: in the concentration camps in the USSR and Germany, in the scientific association, at the front, etc. In every sphere the motives are analyzed by means of portraits of the main characters: priest Gardi, God's fool Ikonnikov, executioner Keize, died in the gas chamber Sofia Levinton, old Bolshevik Mostovskoi, commissar Krymov, physicist Shtrum, commander Grekov, colonel Novikov, commissar Getmanov, etc. The novel is considered as the perfect example of historical philosophical prose (V. Scott - A. Pushkin - L. Tolstoi) where the History is reflected in the destiny of the Person. The title of the novel is interpreted as the opposition of Life (freedom) and Destiny (unfreedom). Grossman's paradox lies in the fact that a person in the totalitarian society can be absolutely free only in the face of death.

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Shchelokova, L. . (2008). ТО THE POETICS OF V. GROSSMAN’S NOVEL «LIFE AND FATE» Bulletin of the Moscow City Pedagogical University. Series "Pedagogy and Psychology", # 3, 2008,
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