Poland in Russian-language fantastic fiction: The “other” among us
The article is devoted to the reception of the “Polish” in the Russian-language fiction. It indicates the sources of “background knowledge” of Poland from the authors and readers. The article deals with of images of Poland from the Soviet era to the present. Here are presented the schemes of work with the Polish material in the Soviet and post-Soviet fiction. Among them are: 1) the use of the Slavic (and Polish) material to provide the reader with a distance; 2) the use of “Polishness” as a mirror for self-examination of Russian culture; 3) the game with the Polish in the context of revenge models in the alternative stories (Poland as an “internal” and “external” enemy).