NARRATIVE VARIANTS OF THE SOLUTION OF THE CONFLICT BETWEEN 'REDS' AND 'WHITES' IN THE LITERATURE OF THE 1920s (ANALYSIS OF NOVELS BY LEONID LEONOV AND BORIS LAVRENEV)
In a comparison of stories by Leonid Leonov and Boris Lavrenev dedicated to the severe problem of 'two universes' colliding, in a narrative situation where 'the white' and 'the red' meet directly, the great difference between the aesthetic principles of those writers - although revealing similarities at the plot level of the stories told - is brought to light. The comparison focuses on 'Belaya noch' (1928) by L. Leonov and 'Sorok pervyi', 'Mir v styoklyshke', 'Sedmoi sputnik' by B. Lavrenev, written in the same years. In the light of principles of receptive aesthetics, the stories reveal a latent conflict in the depth of formally similar plot situations, and therefore the deepest internal difference within the writers' attitude to the revolution. While researching the internal coherency of 'Belaya noch' it seems possible to find out its profound implication that countervails the logic justifying the revolution of 1917. But the specific character of B. Lavrenev's relations with readers proves his evident preference to strong-willed influence upon them, his affirmative propaganda of justification of the revolution as an alternative way to change the world.
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