By Irene Masing-Delic
This suggestion used to be reflected within the considered a few who believed that the political revolution of 1917 might lead to a revolution in uncomplicated existential proof: particularly, the idea that communism and the accompanying boost of technology could finally manage to bestow actual immortality and to resurrect the useless. in keeping with one variation, for instance, the useless have been to be resurrected by way of extrapolation from the lines in their exertions left within the fabric world.
The writer unearths the seeds of this notable idea within the erosion of conventional faith in late-nineteenth-century Russia. encouraged by means of the hot strength of medical inquiry, humankind appropriated quite a few divine attributes one by one, together with omnipotence and omniscience, yet ultimately even aiming towards the conclusion of person, actual immortality, and hence meaning to equality with God. Writers as varied because the "decadent" Fyodor Sologub, the "political" Maxim Gorky, and the "gothic" Nikolai Ognyov created works for making mortals into gods, reworking the uncooked fabrics of present fact into legend.
The e-book first outlines the ideological context of the immortalization venture, particularly the impression of the philosophers Fyodorov and Solovyov. the rest of the publication contains shut readings of texts by way of Sologub, Gorky, Blok, Ognyov, and Zabolotsky. Taken jointly, the works yield the "salvation software" that tells humans how one can abolish dying and reside endlessly in an everlasting, self-created cosmos—gods of a legend that used to be made attainable via artistic artists, inventive scientists, and encouraged laborers.
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Abolishing Death: A Salvation Myth of Russian Twentieth-Century Literature (Pew Studies in Economics and Security) by Irene Masing-Delic