THE DESTRUCTION OF RUSSIA HIDDEN IN THE POSTMODERN LABYRINTH - VLADIMIR SOROKIN'S 'THE ICE'. CONNECTIONS WITH POPULAR LITERATURE, MYTH, CONCEPTUALISM AND ANTI-UTOPIA
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The article depicts interrelations of Sorokin's prose with popular literature, on the one hand, and so-called 'high literature, on the other. The subsequent analysis of the plot and linguistic structure of the novel as well as the historical and cultural context presents the intertextual linkings of Sorokin's writings and associations between myths and postmodern conventions which are ones of writer's distinctive features. Therefore, Soroin is both the postmodernist and conceptualist. Once again, connections to the popular literature, conceptualism, anti-utopia and myths occur, visibly vivid and almost necessary, considering historical retrospections and 'views' of contemporary Russia hidden between the lines. The history deconstruction and demystification are possible because of using techniques strongly rooted in the stream called 'soc-art'. The analysis leads to the conclusion that the destruction of Russia is described with categories from traditions of popular literature, myths, fables and history. All the above elements create an unusual labyrinth and constantly compromise the myths and using the same technique tend to compromise the reality.
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