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The Logos Journal

Three Most Notorious Suicides in History: Socrates—Kirillov—Malevich


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The author deconstructs three rhyming plots in world history: the death of Socrates—the suicide of Alexey Kirillov in The Possessed—The Black Square of Malevich. She claims that in all the three episodes a “logical suicide” has taken place. An act became a notorious statement. An act of self-sacrifice found its subject matter. The Death of the Author became part of its logic. The author also argues that Socrates moved towards death deliberately, and we are thus able to call his execution a suicide

Keywords: Socrates, Kirillov, Kasimir Malevich, Dostoevsky, Kharms, suicide, The Black Square

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