Illustration from "Elnet", Sergey Chavain, 1936

1972

Ref. # 139-699

gouache on paper
11x10 cm

1972

gouache on paper
11x10 cm

The novel Elnet by Sergey Chavain (1888–1937) depicts the Russian revolution in a Mari village of yesteryear and the conflict around Mari identity. The fate of two young men are intertwined in its plot. These characters are perfect opposites: Sakar is an unlettered hunter, a mischievous fellow who obeys no one and mocks the authorities, while Grigori Petrovič Vetkan is a village schoolteacher and part of the Mari nationalist intelligentsia.

Ref. # 139-699

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