The "gray zone" as a variation of the life of war-without war (on the material of the novel "Gray bees" by A. Kurkov)

  • K. P. Isaenko Candidate of Philology, Associate Professor of the Department of Slavic Philology, Comparative Studies and Translation of the Nizhyn Mykola Gogol State University
Keywords: prose, novel, gray zone


The article deals with the peculiarities of the life of the characters of A. Kurkov's novel "Gray Bees" in the conditions of wartime and "gray zone" in Ukraine, which is a sign of life, the main factors and features of the literary description of the war as a "gray zone" are presented. The traditional views on the canon as a representation of certain, aesthetically generalized and classified texts of society are analyzed. On the other hand, the idea of revision of canonical works and its dependence on a number of extra-literary factors is considered.


1. Kurkov A. (2018). Siri bdzholi [Gray Bees]. (K. Isayenko, Trans). Harkiv: Folio.
2. Blum G. (2007). Zahidnij kanon: knigi na tli epoh [Western canon: books against the background of the epochs]. (R. Semkiva. Trans. Ed.). Кyiv. Fakt.
3. Bernadska N. I. (2004). Ukrayinskij roman: teoretichni problemi ta zhanrova evolyuciya [Ukrainian novel: theoretical problems and genre evolutsіya] Кyiv.

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Isaenko, K. P. “The "gray Zone" As a Variation of the Life of War-Without War (on the Material of the Novel "Gray Bees" By A. Kurkov)”. Literature and Culture of Polissya, Vol. 95, no. 12f, July 2019, pp. 91-96, doi:10.31654/2520-6966-2019-12f-95-91-96.