Aleksei Semenenko: Sergej Dovlatov’s Estonian Period: From “Hackwork” to Myth-MakingSergej Dovlatov as journalist is known to the readers as a character in hisbooks, specifically Kompromiss (1981) which is dedicated to his “Estonianperiod.” From 1972 to 1975, Dovlatov had been working as a regular reporterin the Soviet Estonian newspapers in Tallinn – Molodež Ėstonii and SovetskajaĖstonija. However, his actual articles have not been analyzed until now. Thefirst part of this paper is dedicated to the description of Dovlatov’s articlesthat have been published in these newspapers.The second part analyzes the structure of Kompromiss and elucidates themethod of Dovlatov, who constructed his book as a sort of “disclosure of thejournalistic hackwork.” The comparative analysis is used to describe themechanisms of myth-making and the creation of a special type of narrative inDovlatov’s book (“storytelling”). The paper shows how Dovlatov exploits thegenre of anekdot to reveal the phenomena of Soviet reality through grotesqueand ironic discourse.Finally, the paper attempts to elucidate two central strategies in Dovlatov’soeuvre: biography-making by means of literature and mythologization of reality.
HUMANIORA -- Språk och litteratur -- Litteraturvetenskap (hsv//swe)
HUMANITIES -- Languages and Literature -- General Literature Studies (hsv//eng)
HUMANITIES and RELIGION Aesthetic subjects Literature
HUMANIORA och RELIGIONSVETENSKAP Estetiska ämnen Litteraturvetenskap