A Russian Advocate of Peace: Vasilii Malinovskii (1765–1814) by P. Ferretti

By P. Ferretti

Vasilii Fedorovich Malinovskii (1765-1814) is a reputation which has hitherto lacked precise resonance within the heritage of Russian tradition. Tt is naturally a reputation recognized to all scholars of Alexander Pushkin's biography, for Malinovskii was once the 1st Director of the hot Tsarskoe Selo Lyceum, if, unfortunately, for less than the 1st 3 of the younger poet's years on the college. For these students conversant with the highbrow and literary lifetime of the "beautiful starting" of the reign of Alexander I's reign Malinovskii has his little area of interest for his impressive Rassuzhdenie zero mire i voine (1803) and not more for his Osennie vechera (1803), a little-known magazine restricted to a trifling 8 weekly concerns and written completely by means of the editor. As regards the of his 'eighteenth-century' Malinovskii, who lived the 1st thirty-five years existence predominantly within the reign of the good Catherine, little details encumbers the reminiscence of even experts of the interval. certainly, his elder brother, Aleksei Fedorovich (1762-1840), is the likely to be remembered for his literary and translating paintings in addition for his later place as Head of the Moscow Archive of the Ministry of international Affairs, which introduced him into touch with Pushkin and, no longer without notice, with Karamzin. Karamzin mentioned him as "one of my few outdated and actual friends", yet one searches in useless for the same accolade for VasiIii Fedorovich.

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26-36) . 103 Karam zin also tran slated Schill er 's Lied an die Freude . Under the title 'Pesn' mira' ir appeared in Moskovskii zhurnal, V ( 1792) no. 2. , p. 338. L. M . Kar am zin , Nap oleon and the Noti on of Defensiv e War in Russian History', Canadian Slavonic Papers, XII, no. I (1970 ), pp. 30-46. 105 Unlike Kar am zin , Malin ov ski i makes very few co ncess ions to any sor t of «entertainment», in his epistolary j ourn ey. One of them is the section entitled 'Komary', where, in the hope of placat ing the mosqu itos torment ing his nights, Malinovskii outlines a treatise on them, a «Short Dissertation on Matters Astrologica l, Natural and Philosoph ical», whe re he ca nnnot avoid, however, didacticis m, although humorous, co mpa ring the mosq uitos to the sanguinary conquerors and heroes of history (XI, pp.

P. 101) . 3. Malino vskii 's «philosophical» jou rney and the 'English vog ue ' in Russian memoirs Ma linovskii was not the only Russian visitor, nor the first, who left a written account of his travel in Englan d. In the second half of the eightee nth ce nt ury an inc reas ing int er est in Engla nd brough t to thi s co untry a co ns iderable number of Russian travellers'" Fro m the 1770s, the Ru ssian visito rs who reco rded their impress ions on life and society in that country tou ch ed almos t un an im ou sly upon a ce rtain numb er of them es, partl y s uggested b y th e Eng lis h novel of th e e ig hteen th ce ntury .

He rel ate s it primarily to an influence e xerte d by Novikov , and mentions in this respect two other facts : the affinity between Malinovskii's project of founding a «free» community in the steppes of the region of Ufa , in the early 90s, and the utopian plan about a republic in Siberia deve loped by Novikov's followers; the distinctly «Novikovskian» character of his journal Osennie vec he ra . See B. Meilakh, Pushkin i ego epokha (Moskva, 1958), pp. 32-3 3. 32 IRLI. Fond 244 , op . 25, no. 350 , LI .

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