By Irene Masing-Delic
This suggestion was once reflected within the considered a few who believed that the political revolution of 1917 may result in a revolution in simple existential evidence: particularly, the assumption that communism and the accompanying improve of technological know-how may eventually be capable to bestow actual immortality and to resurrect the useless. in keeping with one version, for instance, the useless have been to be resurrected via extrapolation from the strains in their exertions left within the fabric world.
The writer reveals the seeds of this remarkable inspiration within the erosion of conventional faith in late-nineteenth-century Russia. stimulated by way of the hot strength of medical inquiry, humankind appropriated a variety of divine attributes one by one, together with omnipotence and omniscience, yet finally even aiming towards the belief of person, actual immortality, and therefore intending to equality with God. Writers as assorted because the "decadent" Fyodor Sologub, the "political" Maxim Gorky, and the "gothic" Nikolai Ognyov created works for making mortals into gods, remodeling the uncooked fabrics of present truth into legend.
The ebook first outlines the ideological context of the immortalization undertaking, particularly the effect of the philosophers Fyodorov and Solovyov. the rest of the booklet includes shut readings of texts through Sologub, Gorky, Blok, Ognyov, and Zabolotsky. Taken jointly, the works yield the "salvation application" that tells humans how one can abolish dying and reside without end in an everlasting, self-created cosmos—gods of a legend that was once made attainable by means of artistic artists, inventive scientists, and encouraged laborers.
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