Eine Kulturgeschichte der Datscha

Geschrieben von Stephen Lowell: Summerfolk: A History of the Dacha, 1710-2000. Rezensiert* von Orlando Figes in der New York Review of Books 1/2004:

Lovell is particularly good at highlighting the interactions between social practice and literary representation. As he demonstrates, the dacha’s social informality made it something of an ideal scene for nineteenth-century novels and stories—allowing as it did for the unexpected visits and encounters that were so essential for the plot development of socially complex works like those of Dostoevsky and Chekhov. The dacha setting of Part 2 of The Idiot, for example, was perfect for Dostoevsky to recreate the intense, almost claustrophobic, atmosphere in which Myshkin, having come for rest to recover from his epileptic fit, finds no peace from scores of impromptu visitors.

* Der Artikel ist Teil des kostenpflichtigen NYRB-Archivs.

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