Телесность в рассказах Людмилы Улицкой
CORPORALITY IN LUDMILA ULITSKAYA’S STORIES
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This article is an attempt at the analysis of the corporality theme in the stories of the contemporary Russian writer Ludmila Ulitskaya. Holding a qualification in biology and genetics, Ulitskaya courageously introduces into her works such dimensions of human biological existence as sexuality, labour, menstruation or terminal disease. Mysterious incurable diseases, borderline situations, initiations, moments of crisis or breakthrough are standard components of her literary world. The corporal dimension of human life appears to be an inexhaustible source of truth about the characters’ spiritual condition as philosophical and metaphysical meanings are hidden under the layer of their biological existence. The writer effectively proves that Man is a sum of ‘the biological’ and ‘the spiritual’. In her writings the corporality becomes a universal code, provoking the everlasting and most difficult human questions of the sense of life, suffering, old age and death.
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