The Tales of the Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin

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The Tales of the Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin is a "series of 5 short stories and a fictional editorial introduction by Russian author Aleksandr Pushkin. The collection is opened with the editorial, in which Pushkin pretends to be the publisher of Belkin's tales.


Composition of the narrative "Shot" belongs is very interesting and highly complicated by through its multilevel character that is created by means of several narrators usage and complexity of plot. On the top stage of compositional ladder is Pushkin by himself. ("A.P."), formally delivered the authorship to Belkin I.P. and accordingly turned himself into a publisher. We get to know about the late Belkin from the letter addressed to "A.P." written by Belkin's neighbor and elder friend who preferred to be nameless.
Content of all 5 stories was told to Belkin by witnesses of the events one way or the other related to those people who participated in narrated events. All suggested for the reader correlated straight out with the true life. From the other side the story content may be essentially revised as all in all it is narrated by the third persons. Still the less implication of author's presence in narration and hence the superior social reliability and realistic portrayal of life dominate possible inaccuracy of facts. In Pushkin's stories the system of relationship between narrators looks like a pyramid: Pushkin A.S.
Such a solution of composition and fixing up of imaginary authorship accounted for creation of multileveled text gives an opportunity to seize reality, to describe Russian folkway and to narrate about characters' destinies and being bent on more ...
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