Isabelle Després - Russia as a Life and Writing Experience: The Journals Of A White Sea Wolf by Mariusz Wilk

slovo:7443 - Slovo, May 6, 2021, The Distant Voyages of Polish Writers (20th-21st centuries) - https://doi.org/10.46298/slovo.2021.7443
Russia as a Life and Writing Experience: The Journals Of A White Sea Wolf by Mariusz Wilk

Authors: Isabelle Després

Mariusz Wilk is a Polish prose‑writer, who travels to the remote north of Russia. His first book, The journals of a White Sea wolf reveals his originality. He tries to delve into the mysteries of the ‘Russian soul’ and history, for that he chooses to blend in with local life. That is why he settled in a faraway, but representative place, the Solovetsky Islands. He writes of the ordinary folk he meets on a daily basis. He discovers a world marked by the ruins of the Soviet prison system, but also by the secular presence of the monastery. In his notes, Wilk stops on some details with strong metaphorical potential. Finally, he writes of himself as a writer and a traveler. For in his writing and his travels, Wilk’s main aim is to find himself, to understand who he is, to think about writing that allows self‑transcendence, about the language and about the specificity of each word, with its emotional and symbolic charge. The journals of a White Sea wolf is a testimony on past and today’s Russia, a reflection on practice and literary genre of travel prose.


Volume: The Distant Voyages of Polish Writers (20th-21st centuries)
Section: The distant journeys of Polish writers (20th-21st centuries)
Published on: May 6, 2021
Submitted on: May 4, 2021
Keywords: travel writer,post‑Soviet Russia,Solovki Islands,Gulag,monastery,monk‑chronicist,Joseph de Maistre,Fedor Tyutchev,Ryszard Kapuściński,écrivain-voyageur,Russie post-soviétique,îles Solovki,Goulag,monastère,moine-chroniqueur,Joseph de Maistre,Fedor Tioutchev,Ryszard Kapuściński,[SHS.LITT]Humanities and Social Sciences/Literature


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