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KHODASEVICH’S INTERPRETATION OF NINA PETROVSKAYA’S ÉMIGRÉ LIFE: ON THE POETICS OF 'RENATA’S END', A MEMOIR ESSAY

This article suggests a literary analysis of “Renata’s End”, a memoir essay written by V. Khodasevich (1928), one of the key examples for understanding the particular nature of Russian symbolism. It is focused on the interpretation that Khodasevich gave to Petrovskaya’s life abroad. The author of the memoir looks at the life of his character through the prism of a symbolist life-creation (zhiznetvorcheskaya) model based on the concept of doppelgangers, or doubles. Simultaneously, the author’s commentary of Petrovskaya’a life abroad is related directly to his own arduous experience as an émigré.