The article deals with a specific utterance of Russian literature, a personal confession of faith, a special metanoia of F.M. Dostoyevsky and S.N. Durylin on the material of the stories «The Peasant Marey» and «The Fourth Magus». The conclusion is made about the connection of the autochthonous and the childish in the stories: the spiritual childhood memories of the writers get
a context’s religious perspective, these revelations are filled with the additional – the higher – meanings in the line of the popular Christian tradition and raised to the level of the ontological value, the immutable spiritual heritage of a human and a nation, the hidden God’s intention of the world. The peasants of F.M. Dostoevsky and S.N. Durylin become carriers of the selfless service and exponents of eucharistic pochvennichestvo: their vocation is to cultivate, prepare the Russian people for the sacrament of the
Christ’s kingdom.

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G. Yu. Karpenko

Samara National Research University

Author for correspondence.
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1825-0097
Russian Federation

E. A. Shchepalina

Samara National Research University

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1825-0097
Russian Federation


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