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A.M. Gorky Institute
of World Literature
of the Russian Academy of Sciences

IWL RAS Publishing

A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature
of the Russian Academy of Sciences


Povarskaya 25a, 121069 Moscow, Russia



Types of publications

  • Classification – name: Literary studies
  • Format: Hardback
  • Dimensions: 60 х 90 1/16
  • Pages: 496 p.
  • Publisher: A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IWL RAS Publ.)
  • Rights – description: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 (СС BY-ND)
  • Rights – URL: Visit Website
  • Language of the publication: Russian
  • Type of document: Collection of articles
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  • ISBN: 978-5-9208-0739-7
  • Year of publication: 2023
  • Place of publication: Moscow
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  • Ex. editor: Vadim V. Polonsky
  • The Merezhkovskys and Europe. Eds. by Vadim V. Polonsky, Elena A. Andrushchenko, Olga A. Blinova, Vera M. Vvedenskaya. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2023. 496 p. (In Russian)
  • Editors: Elena A. Andrushchenko, Olga A. Blinova, Vera M. Vvedenskaya


The studies included in the collective monograph cover a wide range of issues related to the biography as well as intellectual, artistic and religious aspects of the Merezhkovskys’ activities. The monograph consists of two sections. The first one considers the distinguishing features of the poetics and themes of the Merezhkovskys’ works in their convergence and divergence from the experience of European predecessors and contemporaries, clarifying their cultural preferences, illuminating religious searchings and political predilections. The second section contains studies on the biography of the Merezhkovskys, which describe their circle of contacts and diverse interests, exposing everyday hardships and some personal traits. The “Publications” section reproduces archival materials and the bibliographic list of musical scores of Z.N. Gippius. The “Appendix” features materials regarding the perception of the personality and works of D.S. Merezhkovsky in France, further characterizing the Merezhkovskys’ personal contacts, their participation in Russian and French cultural life. The design of the monograph features rare photographs and caricatures.

Keywords: D.S. Merezhkovsky, Z.N. Gippius, D.V. Philosophov, biography, reception, historiosophy, bibliographic list of musical scores.


From the Editorial Board

Vadim V. Polonskiy (Russia, Moscow). “Conjurer” of the Wrong World: the Biographical Work of Dmitry Merezhkovsky in the Context of Life Description Genre Traditions

Tamara F. Teperik (Russia, Moscow). Poetics of Translation and Poetics of Motive: “Oedipus the King” Translated by D.S. Merezhkovsky

Alexey A. Kholikov (Russia, Moscow). Circle of Russian and European Writers in “Non-War Diary. 1914–1916” of D.S. Merezhkovsky

Veronika B. Zuseva-Özkan (Russia, Moscow). Russia and Europe in the Short Stories by Z.N. Gippius of the 1920s–1930s

Lyudmila F. Lutsevich (Poland, Warsaw). “Augustine is Close to us...”: The Problem of Evil in the Interpretation of Augustine and Merezhkovsky

Elena A. Andrushchenko (Russia, Moscow). Dmitry Merezhkovsky Between Remy de Gourmont and Emil Ludwig

Heinrich Kirschbaum (Germany, Freiburg). Messianic Literaturosophy: Merezhkovsky and Mickiewicz

Olga A. Blinova (Paris, France). Séraphîta by Honoré de Balzac and the Concept of the Tripartite Union of Zinaida Gippius and Dmitry Merezhkovsky: Possible Influences 

Andrejs Gordins (Latvia, Riga). Dmitry Merezhkovsky in Latvia: Antons Austriņš, Viktors Eglītis, Ādolfs Erss

Olga R. Demidova (Russia, St. Petersburg). Poland in Zinaida Gippius’s Destiny

Daria Kuntsevich (France, Bordeaux). Dmitry Merezhkovsky and Nicolas Minsky, Two Religious Voices at the “Mercure de France”

Olga B. Matich (USA, Berkeley). Zinaida Gippius in Taormina: Wilhelm von Gloeden, Elisabeth von Overbeck, and Others

Maria A. Turgieva (France, Paris). The Green Lamp Meetings in Paris

Alexandre F. Stroev (France, Paris). Dmitry Merezhkovsky in France Under the German Occupation (Materials for the Biography of the Writer)

Svetlana A. Garziano (France, Lyon). The Literary Criticism’s Heritage of D.S. Merezhkovsky in French During the Period of Emigration: Translations and Reviews

Elena A. Andrushchenko (Russia, Moscow). Correspondence of the Merezhkovskys with N.V. Tchaikovsky

Olga A. Blinova (Paris, France). Bibliographic List of Musical Scores (Published from 1906 to 1996) of Zinaida Gippius’ Poems

Avril Pyman (UK, Durham). D.S. Merezhkovsky in the “World of Art”

Obituaries and Posthumous Articles about Merezhkovsky in the French Press comp., foreword and transl. by Alexsandre F. Stroyev

Some Excerpts from Reviews in French about the Literary Works of D.S. Merezhkovsky in the Period of Emigration comp., foreword and transl. by Svetlana A. Garziano

Name Index (comp. Elena A. Andrushchenko)


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