The Embodiment of the Author’s Consciousness Through the Narrative of the Main Character in “Notes of a Ukrainian Madman” Lina Kostenko

Yekaterina Shabal


The article is devoted to the analysis of the veiled form of implementation of author’s conciseness in the political novel “Notes of a Ukrainian Madman” by L. Kostenko. It is clarified that the author’s personal vision of occurrences of the beginning of the XXI century is given through the notes and actions of the main character. The personage put down political and social reports which he got to know from various mass media that is why artistic reality is depicted in form of notes. By giving the writer’s functions to the personage the author focuses her attention on contradictions between a complicated political situation in the country and a globalized reality in general, while statement of facts and faithful events in the piece of literature gave a possibility to express the essence of nationwide problems and interests. The novel gives details of factual and social basis. This paper provides the overview of a modern novel in terms of political genre variety. There is no term “a political novel” in Ukrainian Literary Studies encyclopedias and reference books nowadays. But literary scholars (V. Klymchuk, I. Motornjuk and others) prove that a political novel as a genre variety was finally formed in the XX century. “Notes of a Ukrainian Madman” by L. Kostenko is the author’s emotional response to the social realm, an attempt realize realia of today from the artistic point of view, it is a literary reflection of social and political life of the country.


author; author’s conciseness; character; genre diversity; political novel; L. Kostenko


Alekseyev K. Zarozhdenie zhanra russkogo sotsial'no-politicheskogo romana i ego razvitie v seredine XIX veka [Genesis of the Genre of Russian socially political novel and its development in the middle of the XIX century]. Vestnik Riazanskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta imeni S. A. Esenina, 2009, no. 1/21, pp. 48–69. (in Russian).

Andrukhovitch Yu. Bu-Ba-Bu i vse inshe. Apolohіia blazenady [Boo-Ba-Boo and all the rest. Apology of Tomfooliana]. In: Suchasnyi literaturnyi protses [Modern literary process: program of the special course of study]. Zhitomir, 2002. – pp. 41–42. (in Ukrainian).

Bakhtin M. Voprosy literatury i ėstetiki. Issledovaniia raznykh let [Questions of Literature and Aesthetics. Research of various years]. Moscow, 1975, 504 p. (in Russian).

Vinogradov V. Problema avtorstva i teoriia stileі [The problem of authorship and the theory of styles]. Moscow, 1961, 614 p. (in Russian).

Zatonsky D. Khudozhestvennye orientiry XX veka [Artistic points of the XX century]. Moscow, 1988, 416 p. (in Russian).

Kostenko L. Zapysky ukraïns′koho samashedshoho [Notes of a Ukrainian Madman]. Kyiv, 2012, 416 p. (in Ukrainian).

Motornjuk I. Politychnyі roman s′ohodni [Political novel nowadays]. Literaturna Ukrayina, 2013, no. 10, p. 12. (in Ukrainian).

Potsar A. Politicheskiі roman v Rossii [Political novel in Russia]. 2012. Available at: (accessed 28 December 2012). (in Russian).

GOST Style Citations

Алексеев К. Зарождение жанра русского социально-политического романа и его развитие в середине ХIХ века / К. Алексеев // Вестник Рязанского государственного университета имени С. А. Есенина : научный журнал / гл. ред. А. П. Лиферов. – Рязань : Рязанский гос. ун-т, 2009. – №1/21. – С. 48–69.


Андрухович Ю. Бу-Ба-Бу і все інше. Апологія блазенади / Ю. Андрухович // Сучасний літературний процесс : програма спецкурсу. Навчальні матеріали. – Житомир, 2002. – С. 41–42.


Бахтин М. Вопросы литературы и эстетики. Исследования разных лет / М. Бахтин. – М. : Худож. лит., 1975. – 504 с.


Виноградов В. Проблема авторства и теория стилей / В. Виноградов. – М. : Гослитиздат, 1961. – 614 с.


Затонский Д. Художественные ориентиры ХХ века / Д. Затонский. – М. : Сов. писатель, 1988. – 416 с.


Костенко Л. Записки українського самашедшого / Л. Костенко. – К. : А-БА-БА-ГА-ЛА-МА-ГА, 2012. – 416 с.


Моторнюк І. Політичний роман сьогодні / І. Моторнюк // Літературна Україна. – 2013. – № 10. – С. 12.


Потсар А. Политический роман в России [Электронный ресурс] / А. Потсар. – 2012. – Режим доступа :

Copyright (c) 2014

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

The journal publishes research papers on terms: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License 


Pytannia literaturoznavstva
ISSN 2306-2908 
Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University
2 Kotsiubynsky str., Chernivtsi 58012, Ukraine