Berezhnov D.A. Poetics of Presence in V. Ropshin’s Long-short Story “Kon’ Bled”
In the following article, we propose an analysis of some basic features of the poetics of “Pale Horse” by V. Ropshin, where the very artistic structure of the text is perceived as a direct consequence of the principal philosophical ideas, expressed in the themes of the death and the action. These two themes determine the specific style of the novel, which is being founded on the crossline of expressionism and existentialism and being related indispensably to the death could be attributed as “poetics of presence”, revealed by the discretization of narration (on the level of sentences and the text as a whole) which is achieved by the unusual application of punctuation marks, which becomes in this novel the medium of mortal semantics. Also this type of poetics is expressed with the renouncement of evaluative words, the impersonal way of constructing phrases and etc. As a result of analysis, we propose a hypothesis, claiming that this novel can be referred to a kind of “hybrid art”, which is founded not on the esthetical sense, but paradoxically on the underlined ethical component.