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The Volga, Mother of All Russian Rivers, Silent Protagonist of Vasilij Grossman’s Novel Stalingrad

Giulia Baselica    Università degli Studi di Torino, Italia    

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In Russian history and culture, the Volga River represents not only a fundamental element of the landscape, but also an important cultural motif, celebrated in numerous folkloric expressions from the very beginnings of the civilisations that arose along its banks and in the territories it crossed. Starting from the end of the 18th century, the image of the river also became a literary motif and its presence connotes the poetic and prose writings in the following centuries. The Volga River also flows through Vasily Grossman's novels and short stories and in particular in the novel 'Stalingrad', its presence is substantial and, above all, is marked by a semantic stratification of remarkable interest. The Volga is here a silent interlocutor of the novel's protagonists and its changing appearance reflects individual and collective instances, against the backdrop of the dramatic Battle of Stalingrad

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Accettato
10 Maggio 2023
Presentato
01 Marzo 2023
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EN

Keywords: VolgaStalingradRussian riversRussian LiteratureVasilij Grossman

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