The Occult Revival in Russia Today and Its Impact on Literature
In order to bring attention to the wide range of uses of the occult and to help open up a new perspective of cultural history, I will approach the topic here as broadly as possible. I will sketch some contexts of the occult in Soviet unofficial culture, and then suggest a typology of approaches to the occult, each of which can be applied to contemporary contexts. To illustrate the impact on current Russian literature, I will then discuss three literary texts, all written after 1990: Olesya Nikolaeva's story A Cripple from Childhood (Invalid detstva), Yury Mamleev's novel Flickering Time (Bluzhdaiushchee vremia) and Vladimir Sorokin's novels Ice (Led) and Bro's Path (Put' Bro). In conclusion, I will address the role and function of the occult in Russia Today.
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