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M.P. Arcybašev i jego "Prestuplenie doktora Lurje"

Title in English M. P. Artsybashev and His Prestuplenie doktora Lurje


Year of publication 2018
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Sbornik příspěvků z mezinárodní konference XXIV. Olomoucké dny rusistů 7.–8. 9. 2017
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords M. P. Artsybashev; short story; experiment; rational and irrational concept of the world; revolution; Russian revolutionaries and terrorists; opposition of analytic and holistic attitude towards life
Description In his short story, M. P. Artsybashev depicts a history of a scientific experiment in which a famous European scientist makes a young African man believe that all the „miracles“ he shows him mean that he is a god. Explaining the scientific principles of all the „miracles“ to the man, the doctor deprives him of his concept of the world, which leads to his suicide. Thereafter the doctor realises that rationality cannot bring any holistic sense of the world. In an allegoric way, the short story shows not only the barriers of a totally rational attitude to the mans being but also the wide gap between the Russian terrorists and revolutionaries and the Russian common people. Artsybashev thus expresses his fear that any revolution can be fatal for both these sides.