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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



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Anna V. Amelina, Junior Researcher, Institute of Slavic Studies of Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninsky Ave. 32a, 119334 Moscow, Russia.


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The article presents a translation into Russian of the memoirs of N.F. Melniková-Papoušková about Russian writers, namely Vs. Ivanov, E. Zamyatin, B. Pilnyak and L. Leonov, with a short preamble. The author of memoirs — a Russian philologist, folklorist — is a prominent figure of the Prague emigration of the first post-revolutionary wave, who made a significant contribution to the development of Russian-Czech literary relations. She published a lot of works (monographs, articles, reviews) in Prague and other European cities about Russian literature, both in Russian for emigrant publications, and in Czech for the Czech audience. Also Melniková-Papoušková introduced Czech literature to the Russian-speaking public. The memoirs about mentioned authors, written as a result of trips to the USSR, were published in the 1920s in Czech in the Prague liberal-democratic literary magazine “Rozpravy Aventina”, where Melniková-Papoušková was a regular author.

  • Keywords: Russian-Czech literary relations, Russian emigration, Melniková- Papoušková, Evgeniy Zamyatin, Boris Pilnyak, Vsevolod Ivanov, Leonid Leonov, “Rozpravy Aventina”.


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