When Nothing is Forbidden, Nothing is Permitted: An Evolution of the Nihilist Hero in the Russian Realist and French Absurdist WritingsPublic
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Since its emergence in the mid-19th century Europe, the Nihilist movement transcended the literary realm and established itself as a significant ideology with philosophical and political valence. This paper traces the evolution of the literary nihilist hero from Turgenev's "Fathers and Sons" to Dostoevsky's "Demons" and Camus' "The Stranger." By comparing and contrasting each nihilist's attitude towards love, rebellion and death, this research demonstrates the hero's inability to bear the burden of responsibility in the world he negates but is unable to reconstruct.
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