Obrazy Rosji i Rosjan w dziełach Mikołaja Kulaszyńskiego
The Images of Russia and Russians in Mikolaj Kulaszynski’s Literary Work
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The presented article is an attempt to analyze the literary works of Mikolaj Kulaszynski; the works, it needs to be clarified, in spite of being quite scarce in volume, being an interesting example of presenting an image of Russia and Russians by one of the priests exiled to Siberia. Kulaszynski was in the midst of many clergymen sent to the Siberian village Tunka after the breakout of the January Uprising. In his two short memoirs (Tunka and its surroundings in the Sajanskie Mountains, Poznan 1887; Three writings from the exile, Lvov 1890, 1892), written after his return from Siberia, he appears to be an inquisitive observer-reporter, showing vividly the everyday lives of Polish exiles, as well as those of the natives of the buriat-mongol border. The particular emphasis is put in Kulaszynski’s works on the Orthodox faction of Christianity and the eastern clergy along with descriptions of unending Siberian expanses, ominous but fascinating. The analysis of Mikolaj Kulaszynski’s writings has shown that the negative stereotypes concerning Russia and Russians might not had been refuted, but they had been substantially moderated nevertheless.
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