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Author Avvakum Petrovich, Protopope, 1620 or 1621-1682, author.

Title The life written by himself / Archpriest Avvakum ; translated by Kenneth N. Brostrum
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2021]


Description 1 online resource (lvii, 145 pages)
Series Russian library
Russian library (Columbia University. Press)
Contents Intro -- Table of Contents -- Preface -- Introduction by Kenneth N. Brostrom -- The Life Written by Himself -- Notes -- References
Summary "Moscow in the middle of the seventeenth century had a distinctly apocalyptic feel. An outbreak of the plague killed half the population. A solar eclipse and comet appeared in the sky, causing panic. And a religious reform movement intended to purify spiritual life and provide for the needy had become a violent political project that cleaved Russian society and the Orthodox Church in two. The autobiography of Archpriest Avvakum provides a vivid account of these cataclysmic events from a figure at their center. Written in the 1660s and '70s from a cell in an Arctic village where the archpriest had been imprisoned by the tsar, Avvakum's autobiography is a record of his life, ecclesiastical career, painful exile, religious persecution, and imprisonment. It is also a salvo in a contest about whether to follow the old Russian Orthodox liturgy or import Greek rites and practices. These concerns touched every stratum of Russian society-and for Avvakum, represented an urgent struggle between good and evil. Avvakum's autobiography has been a cornerstone of Russian literature since it first circulated among religious dissidents. Its language and style served as a model for writers such as Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Gorky. The Life Written by Himself is not only an important historical document but also an emotionally charged and surprisingly conversational self-portrait of a crucial figure in a tumultuous time"-- Provided by publisher
Notes Translated from the original Russian into English
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 14, 2021)
Subject Avvakum Petrovich, Protopope, 1620 or 1621-1682.
Avvakum Petrovich, Protopope, 1620 or 1621-1682
Old Believers -- Biography
Clergy -- Russia -- Biography
FICTION / Literary
Old Believers
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
Author Brostrom, Kenneth N., 1939- translator.
Translation of: Avvakum Petrovich, Protopope, 1620 or 1621-1682. Zhitie protopopa Avvakuma
LC no. 2020041365
ISBN 0231552491
Other Titles Zhitie protopopa Avvakuma. English