Peter and Alexis

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Peter and Alexis
Author Dmitry Merezhkovsky
Original title Пётр и Алексей
Country Russian Empire
Language Russian
Publication date
1904
Media type Print (Paperback & Hardback)
Preceded by The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci

Peter and Alexis (Russian: Пётр и Алексей) is a novel by Dmitry Merezhkovsky, written in 1903-1904 and first published in Nos. 1–5, 9–12, 1904, Novy Put magazine. The third and final part of the Christ and Antichrist trilogy, it came out as a separate edition 1905, to be reissued in 1922 in Berlin, with its predecessors, The Death of the Gods and The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci, under one cover. All three novels had considerable success in Western Europe but were received coolly in Russia where the majority of the critics considered the trilogy 'tendentious' and 'scholastic'.[1][2][3]

Concept[edit]

The author sees Russia as an 'heir' to the fundamental Christ-Antichrist conflict and focuses here on Peter the Great as the "embodiment of Antichrist" (an idea he shared with Russian Old Believers) as opposed to the 'purely Christian' figure of Tsarevich Alexei.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Polonsky, Vadim. "Merezhkovsky, Dmitry Sergeevich". www.krugosvet.ru. Archived from the original on 2011-08-24. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  2. ^ Mikhaylov, Oleg. The Works of D.S.Merezhkovsky in Four Folumes. The Prisoner of Culture (Foreword). — Pravda Publishers, 1990
  3. ^ a b Д. М. Магомедова. "Предисловие к изданию 1993 года. — М.: Художественная литература". az.lib.ru. Archived from the original on 2011-08-24. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  4. ^ Александр Мень. "Lecture on Dmitry Merezhkovsky and Zinaida Gippius // Дмитрий Мережковский и Зинаида Гиппиус. Лекция". www.svetlana-and.narod.ru. Archived from the original on 2011-08-24. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 

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