||The article examines the influence of images, in particular, of a fox, from the works Liao Zhai’s Stories about
the Extraordinary by Pu Songlin and Notes on the Search for Spirits by Gan Bao on modern Russian prose. The
research material was the collections of Pu Songlin Liao Zhai’s Stories about the Extraordinary and Gan Bao
Notes on the Search for Spirits in Russian translations. The study uses an interpretation technique involving reliance
on contexts, methods of comparative and comparative analysis, and a phenomenological approach. The
article presents an overview of the century-old history of translations of Pu Songlin’s novellas and Gan Bao’s
stories into Russian. Based on the works by V. Pelevin, A. Nikolashina, M. Uspensky, the degree of influence
of images from Chinese classical literature on Russian prose is determined. Most often, the image of werewolf foxes is borrowed, which is endowed in the recipient texts with recognizable qualities from the source – beauty,
wisdom, passion, devotion, independence. At the same time, such heroines undergo personal changes during
the development of the plot, as, for example, in the novel by V. Pelevin, without remaining in the static canonical
framework. The poor monk in the story by M. Uspensky also possesses \"magical\" abilities and knowledge in
Eastern philosophy. The very atmosphere of the \"magical\", \"strange\" as a special technique allows writers to
highlight topical issues of our time in a special language. The results of this study reflect the process of adaptation
of Chinese \"strange stories\" in Russian literature, first as original works in translation, then as donor texts
for Russian writers. The methodological approach used in the work can be applied to further study the reception
of Pu Songlin’s and Gan Bao’s creativity in Russian literature, as well as the influence and adaptation of other
works of Chinese classics.
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