Between Pushkin and Dostoevsky: poem "The Gipsies" and comments on it

Publication type Article
Status Published
Affiliation: Center of Sociology of Management and Social Technologies, Federal Scientific-Research Sociologocal Center – Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy os Sciences
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Journal nameObshchestvennye nauki i sovremennost
EditionIssue 5

The article studies Dostoevsky’s comment on Pushkin’s poem “The Gypsies” in his Pushkin speech on June 8, 1880 and in some articles. There is an analysis of the distortion of the poem sense – an arbitrary turn from the theme of love in the poem to criticism of the Russian liberals –“Russian Europeans” as detached from the Russian people and so “enemies of the people”. There developed criticism of Dostoevsky’s call to bow to “folk truth” which is “above Pushkin”. The article raise the choice between freedom in love and Dostoevsky’s populism to a level of choice between Pushkin and Dostoevsky as antiPushkin, as a choice of Russia.

KeywordsPushkin, the Gypsies, Dostoevsky, Pushkin speech, people, folk truth, liberals, liberalism, mediation, Russian Europeans, enemies of people
Publication date14.10.2018
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