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Biography of Victor Zabila: facts and legends

Literary images

Nicholas Zharkikh

It is believed that some of the features of V. N. Zabila using Taras Shevchenko in the story "" (1855), P. Kulish in the stories "Mayor" (1859) and "Ukrainian forget-me-nots" (1861).

Counting the number of biographical traits, similar and dissimilar with real V. zabila, it showed that the similarity prevails only in the story "Ukrainian forget-me-nots"; in other stories the similarity found to be less than in the story by Nikolai Gogol "Ivan Shponka and his aunt" (1831), which called not bind to zabila.

Thus, the similarity of literary characters and real persons is casual and said the story may not be a "source" for the biography Zabila.

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