Simon Karlinsky (essay date 1965)
SOURCE: Karlinsky, Simon. “Tallemant and the Beginning of the Novel in Russia.” Comparative Literature 15, No. 3 (Summer 1965): 226-33.
[In the essay below, Karlinsky analyzes Ezda v ostrov liubvi, discussing its flaws and infelicities of style as well as its importance to the development of the Russian novel.]
It is seldom possible to date the introduction of a genre in a given literature with such precision as the introduction of the novel in Russia. The first novel (and, indeed, the first secular work of fiction) that was ever published in Russian appeared in 1730. It was titled Ezda v ostrov ljubvi (The Voyage to the Isle of Love), and the...
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