Keywords: Pushkin, novel, Eugene Onegin, mysticism, Lotman, Nabokov, commentary, spiritual crisis.
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Kozhevnikov, V A. “Spiritual Quest of the Author in the First Chapter of the Novel Eugene Onegin.” Dva veka russkoi klassiki, vol. 3, no. 3, 2021, pp. 104–123. (In Russ.) 

Author: Viktor A. Kozhevnikov
Information about the author:

Viktor A. Kozhevnikov, Senior Researcher, A. M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 a, 121069 Moscow, Russia.

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Received: June 01, 2021
Approved after reviewing: July 17, 2021
Published: September 30, 2021
Issue: 2021 Volume 3 No. 3
Department: Russian Literature of the 18th–19th Centuries
Pages: 104-123
UDK: 821.161.1.0

Abstract: The author of the article, pointing to the definitions of the novel Eugene Onegin that are stable in scientific Pushkin studies — realistic, historical, philosophical, autobiographical and problematic — notes that the novel is full of mysticism, understanding by mysticism a belief in the existence of supernatural metaphysical forces, with which the heroes, and the author of the novel himself, are connected in a mysterious way. The article examines the reasons for Onegin’s spiritual crisis, which manifests itself in the worldview and behavior of the hero. Its most important features, named in the novel — deceit, hypocrisy, cynicism, idleness, a distorted idea of love, which is replaced by “the science of tender passion” — are considered in comparison with the texts of Holy Scripture. As a result, the author of the article comes to the conclusion that the state of the protagonist’s soul can be characterized as its “mortification” or “petrification”. “The disease, the cause of which should have been found long ago”, is connected not so much, perhaps, with life in the “pool of light” as with the loss of faith in God, “loss of oneself ” under the latent influence of demonic forces.


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