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Start Archive Comparisons, n°8/2011 Moses and the Others. The Response to the Revolution 1905–1907 in the Polish and the Ukrainian Literature

Moses and the Others. The Response to the Revolution 1905–1907 in the Polish and the Ukrainian Literature

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Using Ivan Franko’s poema Moses as an inspiration, the author of the article tries to show the importance of religious legends (chosen from Greek mythology and from the Bible) for writers that struggled to present men and women of the revolution during its time and shortly afterwards. The works of Władysław Orkan, Mychajło Kociubyński, Andrzej Strug and others help to recognize the compatibility of those religious-like modes of representation with the Young Poland’s poetical discourse: aiming at a look inside a torn person’s mind and heart, presenting a fighter for a better world yet filled with doubt and reservations about his mission. Just like Franko’s Moses – most of the characters from the novels, short stories and poems telling a history of revolution must pay the price of their humanity in the times when myths transform to history.


ISSN: 1733-165X

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