Keywords: genre, historical discourse, quasi-historical novel, postmodernism, topos


A historical novel is a work that is based on a historical plot, built on the reproduction in the artistic form of a certain historical epoch, a certain period of the people's or the country's past. In view of this, in a historical novel, historical truth must be combined with artistic truth, historical facts with artistic fiction, real historical figures with fictional characters.The postmodern ideology of the multiplicity of meanings, the hesitation in determining the differences between the false and the true, justify today's increase in interest in history and the historical novel as a modern textual reflection of the past. The study considers the artistic interpretation of the genre of quasi-historical postmodern novel on the material of the text “The UnSimple” by T. Prokhasko. The genre features of the text are determined, in particular inscribing a variant of an event to a certain historical epoch, defining national features with the help of a pseudo-historical plot, creating a geographical utopia and avoiding linearity, rooting a person in a new geographical landscape as a strategy ofhistorical discourse reconstruction.


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Pecherskyh, L. (2022). «THE UNSIMPLE» BY Т. PROKHASKO: A QUASI-HISTORICAL NOVEL. Scientific Journal of Polonia University, 48(5), 67-73. https://doi.org/10.23856/4808