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Yamshchikov K.S.

Kirill S. Yamshchikov, Literary Critic; Postgraduate Student, Maxim Gorky Institute of Literature and Creative Writing, Tverskoy Blvd., 25, 123104, Moscow, Russia. E-mail:


The article analyses the “Diary” (1905–1954) of Mikhail Prishvin and the “Diary” (1953–1969) of Witold Gombrowicz. The basis of the poetics of the extremely dissimilar authors, who worked in diametrically opposed circumstances is the resistance to the established public image, the contextual myth, from which grows a transformed perception of the author’s methodology. This study explores the similarities and contradictions that plagued Prishvin and Gombrowicz throughout their literary career. By comparing seperate fragments of diaries and common biographical elements that made Prishvin and Gombrowicz iconic thinkers, we reveal the unity that held together their contradictory and extraordinary methods of observation of the world around them.


diary; narrative; author’s methodology; myth; apology; literary destiny





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Yamshchikov, K.S. “‘Diary’ of Mikhail Prishvin’s and ‘Diary’ of Witold Gombrowicz: Merging Impossibilities”. Literaturovedcheskii zhurnal, no. 3(61), 2023, pp. 60–70. (In Russ.) DOI: 10.31249/litzhur/2023.61.04

DOI: 10.31249/litzhur/2023.61.04


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