The authoress investigates literary texts which present a young poet of 'the silver age', Leonid Kannegiser, remembered in history as 'the killer of Uritskii'. He appeared chiefly in the works of emigrant writers (Mark Aldanov, Georgii Ivanov, Georgii Adamovich, Marina Tsvetaeva). In Russia only Yury Davidov introduced him in his last novel, 'Bestseller' (1999). The texts referred to belong to a variety of genres. Aldanov's work 'Ubiistvo Uritskogo', is mainly fact-collecting, but there are also many psychological observations which enrich its cognitive aspect. Ivanov's 'Peterburgskie zimy' and Tsvetaeva's 'Nezdeshni vecher' disclose their character of memoirs, being highly personal accounts of events, of the meetings with people, of the historical process. 'Bestseller' by Davidov is a historical novel of multiple subplots. The attack on Uritskii and the fate of Kannegiser function here in the broader context of anti-Semitic tendencies before and after the October Revolution. In all the texts, Leonid Kannegiser is presented as a man of complex personality, who - in a spectacular and unexpected way - staged a demonstration against violence used by the new Bolshevik authorities.
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