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“Trotskyists”: literature and political farce and satirical means of its expression in the novel by M.A. Bulgakov “The Fatal Eggs”


The novel “The Fatal Eggs” of M.A. Bulgakov is analyzed. Its satirical vector is in a secret literary farce focused on L.D. Trotsky and his surroundings. The composition of farce and its borders of embeddedness in the text are defined. The connections with diablerie, mystery bouffe, political farce, which was done by Soviet propaganda in order to show “Moscow Trials” towards “Trotskyists”, are found. As literary references we use roman feuilleton “Moscow” by А. Bely and “Erendorf Island” by V.P. Kataev. The main place is given to playing peculiarities of the work, particularly, varieties of allusion – suggestive marking mode. We present the hypothesis of attribution of the novel.


farce; diablerie; allusion; grotesque; P. Scheffer; L.D. Trotsky; A.L. Parvus; I.P. Kolesov; L.G. Rabinowitz; Y.A. Yakovlev

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