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M.V. SHCHERBAKOV: A MAN OF THE FAR EASTERN FRONTIER LOOKING FOR THE ROOT OF LIFE
Zabiyako A.A.



         Anna Anatolyevna Zabiyako – Doctor of Philology, Professor, Head of the Department of Russian Literature and World Art at Amur State University.

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The paper investigates the image of a man of the Far Eastern frontier created by the expatriate writer Mikhail Vasilyevich Shcherbakov (1890-1956). M.V. Shcherbakov travelled around the Far East, visited Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Impressed by such a diverse ethno-cultural experience, the author created a variety of stylizations in the mood of national traditions of poetry, published in the anthology China (Shanghai, 1923), The Gates (Shanghai, 1935), Time Off (Shanghai, 1944). In 1922, he moved to cosmopolitan Shanghai. The experience of life in the Far East and his voyages in the North of Russia produced a powerful impact on the writer. Thoughts about universal laws that bring people together under extreme conditions (when in the taiga, or out at sea), that erase ethnic and religious differences, have been embodied in ethnographic essays, miniatures, lyrical translations from Chinese, in the novella Black Series and in the collection Root of Life. The root of life is the artistic and mental concept of the work of the author and his artistic ethnography.

        Key words: Far Eastern frontier, frontier mentality, myth-ritual complex, ethics of the taiga, law of the taiga.


 
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