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E. Burlina

Chronotype of doublethink: Stalin’s bunker at the Shostakovich street

The article characterizes the «paradoxes of existence» of Soviet artist in the social-cultural context of the 1940s. The author refers to the phenomenons of «doublethink» and «double-comprehension» to recreate the complicated and contradictory atmosphere of this period. Called contradictions are reflected in the creative biography of Shostakovich too: The Seventh Symphony is adjacent to the vocal cycle on the poems by English and Scottish poets, as well as the unfinished opera «Gamblers» on the play by Nikolai Gogol.

Key words

«doublethink», «double-comprehension», D. Shostakovich, the Seventh Symphony, the song cycle on poems by W. Raleigh, R. Burns, W. Shakespeare, the opera «Gamblers».