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Title: Vladimir Solov'evals Gedächtnisfigur und Kommunikationsstifter der russischen Diaspora
Subtitle: Materialien aus der Korrespondenz dez Lev Kobylinskij-Ellis
Author(s): POLJAKOV, Fedor Borisovic
Journal: Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
Volume: 52 Issue: 1-2 Date: 2000
Besides the ‘professional’ religious-philosophical discussions on Solov’ev, a general tendency within Russian exile culture is to be observed to redefine the confessional and cultural dialogue with Western European circles on the basis of Solov’ev’s heritage. One of its aspects is the Solov’ev myth of the younger symbolists. This tendency becomes clear from Lev Kobylinskij-Ellis’ correspondence with various persons. Kobylinskij-Ellis was a symbolical poet and translator, whose ideas are discussed in this paper on the basis of hitherto unpublished material. Just like Solov’ev’s ‘pupil’, the important poet Vjacheslav Ivanov, Ellis was converted to Catholicism in spiritual imitation of Solov’ev. In his correspondence with P. Odo Casel OSB, a liturgist, and with P. Damascus Winzen OSB, a historian of mediaeval philosophy, Ellis writes openly about Solov’ev’s significance for the Russian religious world in exile and about the problem to get closer to and understand the Thomistically orientated catholic theology of his day. Noteworthy is Pope Pius XI’s interest in the Solov’evian theme prevalent in Ellis’ books.