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Lifetime: 1865 - 1941 Passed: ≈ 82 years ago


Russian Novelist



Dmitry Merezhkovsky

Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky (1865-1941) was a Russian novelist, poet, and critic. He was one of the leading figures of the Symbolist movement in Russia.

Who was he?

Merezhkovsky was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1866. He was the son of a wealthy merchant. Merezhkovsky attended the University of St. Petersburg, where he studied history and philosophy. After graduating, he worked as a journalist and critic.

What was his principles?

Merezhkovsky was a deeply religious man who was influenced by both Christianity and Eastern religions. He believed that art should be used to explore the spiritual dimensions of human experience. He was also a strong critic of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian monarchy.

What was he famous for?

Merezhkovsky was famous for his novels, which often explored the themes of religion, history, and philosophy. His most famous novels include The Death of the Gods (1896), The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci (1902), and Peter und Alexej (1924).

Notable works:

  • The Death of the Gods (1896): A novel about the decline of paganism and the rise of Christianity.
  • The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci (1902): A novel about the life of Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Peter und Alexej (1924): A novel about the conflict between Peter the Great and his son Alexei.
  • The Antichrist (1905): A novel about the life of Jesus Christ.
  • The Realm of Spirit (1910): A philosophical treatise on the nature of reality.

What was his philosophy?

Merezhkovsky's philosophy was a synthesis of Christianity, Eastern religions, and Symbolism. He believed that the world is a manifestation of the divine, and that art can help us to understand the divine. He also believed that the world is in a state of decline, and that the only way to save it is through a spiritual revolution.

When did he die & how is he remembered?

Merezhkovsky died in Paris, France, in 1941. He is remembered as one of the leading figures of the Symbolist movement in Russia, and as a major influence on Russian literature and thought.

Merezhkovsky is still read and studied today. His work is considered to be a valuable contribution to the understanding of Russian culture and history. He is also remembered as a visionary thinker who challenged the traditional religious and political orthodoxies of his time.

Books by Dmitry Merezhkovsky

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Peter und Alexej

History Novel
Family Religion Historical Fiction Symbolism Philosophical Conflicts Russian Literature

"Peter und Alexej" von Dmitry Merezhkovsky ist ein ergreifendes Werk, das die tiefe Verbindung zwischen Peter dem Großen und seinem treuen Gefährten Alexej untersucht. Inmitten der prächtigen Pracht des russischen Zarenreiches des 18. Jahrhunderts en...

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vierzehnte Dezember

Historischer Roman, in dem der Dekabristenaufstand - die erste revolutionäre Erhebung gegen das russische Zarenregime (die Familie Romanow) - und dessen Niederschlagung im Dezember 1825 literarisch reflektiert werden. Mit großer Authentizität beschre...

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Death of the Gods

As attested in 1 John 2:18-19 there have been antichrists since early in the Christian Era. And that label has been applied since then to numerous sects, denominations and individuals by their detractors. Dmitri Mérejkowski explores the theme of Chri...