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Takeda A. Who is Vasily Travnikov? Between Literary Hoax and Literary History. Studia Litterarum, 2018, vol. 3, no 2, pp. 164–173. (In Russ.) DOI: 10.22455/2500-4247-2018-3-2-164-173

Author: Akifumi Takeda
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Akifumi Takeda, PhD in Philology, Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities, University of Toyama, 3190 Gofuku, Toyama-shi, Toyama, 930-8555, Japan. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Received: October 31, 2017
Published: June 25, 2018
Issue: 2018 Vol. 3, №2
Department: Russian Literature
Pages: 164-173

UDK: 821.161.1
BBK: 83.3(2Рос=Рус)6
Keywords: Khodasevich, Pushkin, literary hoax, literary history, myth creation.


The Life of Vasily Travnikov (1936) by V. Khodasevich is a literary hoax that introduces a fictional poet, the predecessor of Pushkin, and plausibly tells about his life and work. This character is Khodasevich’s twin of a kind who criticizes literature of the pre-Pushkin era and the initial period of Pushkin’s literary career and claims to create a “Travnikov tradition” comparable to the “Pushkin tradition.” Thus, The Life of Vasily Travnikov is an attempt at “myth creation” typical for the modernist literature. Though the image of Travnikov is not purely autobiographical, it gives an idea about Khodasevich, his poetic work and worldview better than, for example, his famous memoirs Necropolis.


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