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Absract: Turgenev’s later works — especially his so-called ‘mysterious’ novellas — are specifically concerned with the idea of fear. Turgenev’s mastery of this particular subject has greatly impressed his younger contemporary Maupassant. The works of both writers reveal similarities in treating the fear theme. Meanwhile, in Chekhov’s short story “Terror” one character speaks of his existential fear, which is different from the situational fears depicted in previous literature. Chekhov’s story prompts comparison to and evokes typological parallels with the ideas of the Danish philosopher Kierkegaard.
Keywords: the fear theme, Turgenev’s mysterious novellas, fabulas of fear in Maupassant’s short stories, existential awe, angst, Chekhov
DOI: 10.31857/S241377150003060-9
Pages: 36-42
Author: Vladimir B. Kataev
Information about the author: Chair, the Department of the History of Russian Literature. Affiliation: Department of the History of Russian Literature, Faculty of Philology, Lomonosov Moscow State University Address: 1, Leninskie Gory, Moscow, 119991, Russia

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