Valentin Rasputin: Proshchanie s Materoi [Farewell to Matera / Matyora]

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  • David Gillespie (University of Bath)

Farewell to Matera (Proshchanie s Materoi) was published towards the end of 1976 in Nash sovremennik, a monthly periodical known since the 1970s for its support of Russian nationalist causes in their various guises, including the more extremist manifestations. The novella provoked heated debate in literary circles, and the respected critical journal Voprosy literatury devoted 80 pages to it in its February 1977 issue. Rasputin's earlier works had met with almost universal approval and praise, but here the critics were divided. Some applauded its elegiac lyricism, charting the last months and weeks in the life of a Siberian village, and the disappearance of an age-old way of life as it gives way to …

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Gillespie, David. "Proshchanie s Materoi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 September 2003
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