Information about the author:
Danuta Szymonik, DSc in Philology, Professor, Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities, ul. Konarskiego, 2, 08-110 Siedlce, Poland.
The paper examines the genre of Maxim Gorky’s novel/tale The Life of Matvei Kozhemyakin (1911). The author of the article postulates synthetic nature of the genre, observing features of various genres (annals, saga, autobiography, several novel varieties including historic, societal, and family novel) which form a harmonious artistic whole. In accordance with Jerzy Lienarczyk, Iwo Pospieszyl and others, the author of the article puts forward family saga as the predominating genre component and finds “the family idea” (“mysl semeinaia”) to influence many Gorky’s works and shape their genre structure.
Keywords: Maxim Gorky, The Life of Matvei Kozhemyakin, the genre, family saga.