n Slavic Almanac : The South African Journal for Slavic, Central and Eastern European Studies - 'Kronshtadt trilogy' by Petr Potemkin

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1025-3386


This article introduces 'Fort Ino' and 'Sailor Petrishchenko', two essays by Petr Potemkin that are republished in . Both essays, which deal with the Kronshtadt uprising of 1921, were written immediately following the events of the uprising, and first appeared in the Kishinev newspapers, soon after Potemkin's flight from Soviet Russia.

The article, as well as the references to Potemkin's essays, shows that the two essays are not only thematically close to one another, but also have much in common in terms of their poetics. It can also be pointed out that these texts are thematically and stylistically related to one more essay by Potemkin ('Kronshtadt'), which is included in another publication of his oeuvre in this issue of . The article identifies the connections between Potemkin's 'Kronshtadt' essays and some of the plots in his pre-revolutionary publications in the newspaper , and finds certain parallels in the literature of the past (Radishchev) and of the present (Teffi, Evreinov and Mayakovsky).

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