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Tatiana I. Radomskaya

Maksim L. Fedorov

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Tatiana I. Radomskaya — DSc in Philology, Professor, Institute of Slavic Culture, A. N. Kosygin Russian State University (Technologies. Design. Art), Khibinsky pr., 6, 129125 Moscow, Russia.

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9442-7643
E-mail: radomtatig@gmail.com

Maksim L. Fedorov — PhD in Philology, Senior Researcher, A. M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 a, 121069 Moscow, Russia.

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6540-1767
E-mail: maksimfyodorov@yandex.ru


Philological sciences




Vol. 66


pp. 263–276


August 20, 2022

Approved after reviewing

October 05, 2022

Date of publication

December 28, 2022



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In the first third of the twentieth century a certain tradition of creating a handwritten book developed in Russian culture. To a large extent, it relied on the traditions of Old Russian literature, where the book was a multi-level semiotic object with a sacred meaning. Starting from the binding and the quality of the paper and ending with the content, the Old Russian book was called upon to glorify God and show the man as the image and likeness of God. A medieval book as a set of letter designations is read in at least four dimensions: color, graphic, sound and numerical. And only the totality of all these levels gives the fullness of meaning, reflecting the harmony of the world and the fullness of being. A unique document of the era was deposited in the IWL — a handwritten book by the writer Iv. Novikov, created in the early 1920s and includes the poetic cycle “The Veil of Oblivion”. Designed for the author in the traditions of pre-reform spelling, decorated with illustrations, this is a monument that has a special theological program, and the key to understanding it the author finds in the Russian Middle Ages. The study shows how the traditions of the art of the book of Ancient Rus` come to life and are filled with new meanings in the Soviet culture of the 1920s.


Iv. Novikov, Old Russian Literacy, Handwritten Book, Book Art, Soviet Poetry, Archive.


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