Abstract

I analyze the representation of Koschei the Deathless in Arkadi and Boris Strugatski’s Soviet classic Monday Begins on Saturday (Ponedel’nik nachinayetskaya v subbotu, 1964; translated into English in 1977) and American author Catherynne M. Valente’s novel Deathless (2011) to investigate what remains of Russian folk culture after it passes through the crucible of the Bolshevik Revolution. Koschei the Deathless’s seeming deathlessness, his death, and his perpetual reappearance draw critical attention to what is deemed to be “essential” to the Russian cultural imaginary and to the people participating in the imaginative work of cultural construction.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1536-1802
Print ISSN
1521-4281
Pages
pp. 338-369
Launched on MUSE
2017-12-15
Open Access
No
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