Leonid V. Dubakov
Shenzhen MSU-BIT University
Buddhist exoticism in the works of Eduard Limonov: philosophical and aesthetic criticism
Dubakov L.V. Buddhist exoticism in the works of Eduard Limonov: philosophical and aesthetic criticism. Vestnik of Kostroma State University, 2022, vol. 28, № 1, pp. 118-122 (In Russ.). https://doi.org/10.34216/1998-0817-2022-28-1-118-122
DOI: https://doi.org/10.34216/1998-0817-2022-28-1-118-122
УДК: 821.161.1.09"20":294.3
Publish date: 2022-02-09
Annotation: The article analyses the specifics of the perception of Buddhism by Eduard Limonov. The reception of Buddhism is determined in his work by a system of double coding – he is a writer, but also a politician and publicist. Artistic and political narrative in his works are inextricably linked. Eduard Limonov is a critic of Buddhism, but the consistency of his views is not absolute. For the writer, Buddhism is an unoriginal religion, in the national versions of which there are too much exotic and irrational elements. In addition, Buddhism is a religion with philosophical assumptions of which, Eduard Limonov disagrees. The vision of reality as full of suffering and the desire to escape from it contradicts the active life position of the writer. At the same time, in the work of Eduard Limonov, the tendency towards the Russification of Buddhism, characteristic for the modern Russian literature, manifests itself. The writer also explores the mystical side of this religion in its Tibeto-Mongolian version, perceiving and actualising its superhuman component.
Keywords: Buddhism, buddhist text, philosophy, religion, exoticism, criticism, Russification.
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Author's info: Leonid V. Dubakov, Candidate of Philological Sciences, Associate Professor of the Faculty of Philology of Shenzhen MSU-BIT University, the PRC, https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1172-7435, dubakov_leonid@mail.ru