By Elizabeth Allen
A Fallen Idol continues to be a God elucidates the historic area of expertise and value of the seminal nineteenth-century Russian poet, playwright, and novelist Mikhail Iurevich Lermontov (1814-1841). It does so through demonstrating that Lermontov’s works illustrate the situation of dwelling in an epoch of transition. Lermontov’s specific epoch was once that of post-Romanticism, a time whilst 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 replicate the transition out of Romanticism and the character of post-Romanticism. total, the booklet unearths that, even if constrained to his transitional epoch, Lermontov didn't succumb to it; as an alternative, he probed its personality and evoked its old import. And the ebook concludes that Lermontov’s works have resonance for our transitional period within the early twenty-first century in addition.
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A Fallen Idol Is Still a God: Lermontov and the Quandaries of Cultural Transition by Elizabeth Allen