master's thesis
The Influence of Today on The Death of Achilles by Boris Akunin

Martina Barada (2016)
Sveučilište u Zadru
Odjel za kroatistiku i slavistiku
Odsjek za ruski jezik i književnost
Metadata
TitleOdraz današnjice u romanu "Ahilova smrt" Borisa Akunina
AuthorMartina Barada
Mentor(s)Maja Pandžić (thesis advisor)
Abstract
U ovom diplomskom radu pokušali smo dokazati da politička situacija devedesetih godina dvadesetog stoljeća utječe na stvaralaštvo aktualnog pisca Borisa Akunina. Konkretnije, da on svojim romanom Ahilova smrt, radnja kojega je smještena u carsku Rusiju 1882. godine, ne kritizira samo tadašnje, nego i sadašnje državne dužnosnike, ali i cjelokupno društvo u kojemu mito i korupcija igraju veliku ulogu. Usporedili smo politička zbivanja carske Rusije s političkim zbivanjima devedesetih godina, te povukli paralele između fiktivnih likova u romanu sa stvarnim državnim dužnosnicima i predstavnicima vlade. Mnoge situacije na koje smo naišli u knjizi moguće je usporediti sa stvarnim situacijama, te glavne aktere s poznatim ličnostima ruskih političkih krugova. Tako, na primjer, lik generala gubernatora Dolgorukog podsjeća na stvarnog moskovskog gradonačelnika Jurija Lužkova, čija je rastrošnost ogorčila građane Moskve. Tu je i lik Frola Vediščeva, gubernatorovog osobnog sobara, koji zapravo upravlja iz sjene, a usporediv je s osobnim čuvarom Borisa Jeljcina, Aleksandrom Koržakovim, koji je umjesto njega donosio mnoge važne odluke u vrijeme kada je Jeljcinova moć bila u opadanju. Također smo utvrdili da prikazivanjem korumpiranosti likova u svim krugovima društva i njihove sklonosti da primaju mito ili podmićuju, Akunin upućuje na prisutnost istoga u njegovoj sadašnjosti. Svime navedenim potvrdili smo našu teoriju, a to je da Boris Akunin piše pod utjecajem zbivanja koja su se odigravala devedesetih godina u Rusiji, te nas navodi da kritički sagledamo rusko društvo, i posebno politički vrh.
KeywordsDetective novel Boris Akunin The Death of Achilles Russian Empire history past bribe corruption
Parallel title (English)The Influence of Today on The Death of Achilles by Boris Akunin
Committee MembersZdenka Matek Šmit (committee chairperson)
Adrijana Vidić (committee member)
Maja Pandžić (committee member)
GranterSveučilište u Zadru
Lower level organizational unitsOdjel za kroatistiku i slavistiku
Odsjek za ruski jezik i književnost
PlaceZadar
StateCroatia
Scientific field, discipline, subdisciplineHUMANISTIC SCIENCES
Philology
Theory and History of Literature
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelgraduate
Study programmeGraduate university study programme of Russian Language and Literature; specializations in: educational (single-major)
Study specializationeducational (single-major)
Academic title abbreviationmag. educ. philol. russ.
Genremaster's thesis
Language Croatian
Defense date2016-07-15
Parallel abstract (English)
In this thesis we tried to prove that the political situation of the 1990s affects the work of contemporary writer Boris Akunin. More specifically, that he is using his novel The death of Achilles, whose story is set in the Russian Empire, year 1882., to criticize not only the former, but also the present state officials, as well as the society in general, which thrives on corruption and bribe. We compared the political events of Imperial Russia to those of the 90s and drew parallels between the fictional characters of the novel with the real state officials and other people of the government. Many of the situations that we encountered in the book can be compared to the actual situations, while the main characters can be compared to famous people from the Russian political scene. For example, the character of governor Dolgorukoi reminds us of the real Mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov, whose extravagance angered Moscovites. Furthermore, the character of Frol Vedischev, governor’s personal butler, who is actually controlling many things without anyone’s knowledge, is comparable to the personal bodyguard of Boris Yeltsin, Alexander Korzhakov, who brought many important decisions on behalf of Yeltsin when his power was in decline. By showing the amount of corruption in society and the tendency of characters to take or give bribe, Akunin emphasizes the presence of the same in the 90s. To conclude, we confirmed our theory that Boris Akunin writes under the influence of the events that occurred in the 90s Russia and encourages us to critically view the Russian society, and especially its political leadership.
Parallel keywords (Croatian)Detektivski roman Boris Akunin Ahilova smrt carska Rusija povijest prošlost mito korupcija
Resource typetext
Access conditionAccess restricted to students and staff of home institution
Terms of usehttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
URN:NBNhttps://urn.nsk.hr/urn:nbn:hr:162:205448
CommitterMarta Unković