Anti-nihilistic novel (Russian: антинигилистический роман) was a genre in Russian literature in the second half of the 19th century, as a reaction to the disillusionment in the Russian revolutionary movement of the time. The term derives from the usage of the word "nihilist" in the general sense of "(political) radical" in the Russian Empire of the time, derived from the radical Russian Nihilist movement.
A typical protagonist is a nihilist student. However unlike, e.g., a nihilist Rakhmetov from What Is to Be Done? by Nikolai Chernyshevsky, the (anti-)hero is a weak person, easily seduced into subversive activities by a villain, often a Pole (in reference to Polish insurgence within the Russian Empire).
Novels in this genreEdit
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- No Way Out by Nikolai Leskov
- Bypassed by Nikolai Leskov
- At Daggers Drawn by Nikolai Leskov
- Troubled Seas by Aleksey Pisemsky
- Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Troubled Seas by Aleksey Pisemsky («Взбаламученное море», 1863)