About the author:
Vsevolod E. Bagno, DSc in Philology, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor of the Philological Faculty, St. Petersburg State University, Universitetskaya emb. 7/9, 199034 St. Petersburg, Russia; Head, Department of Relations between Russian and Foreign Literatures, Scientific Director of the Institute of Russian Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Pushkin House), Makarova emb., 4, 199034 St. Petersburg, Russia.
The article studies the influence of Notes from Underground on Latin-American literature, namely R. Arlt, J.C. Onetti, E. Sabato, J. Cortazar who reflected F. Dostoevsky’s inventions in their own manner and showed the tragedy of the self-contained individualistic consciousness. Special attention is paid to Onetti’s novels, Onetti’s heroes seeking to compensate for their alienation by pain inflicted on others are compared with Dostoevsky’s “underground man”. Details of “the underground life” are also seen in J. Cortazar’s novel Rayuela.