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This article attempts to describe the specifics of the artistic narrative in the prose of Alexei Slapovsky. He continues the legacy of the literary classics of the late 19th – early 20th centuries. It is expedient to correlate the writer's work with the variation of the further development of Russian realism, with its new stage. It is more correct to assess this type of aesthetic system as post-realism. The texts by Alexei Slapovsky are attracted by the fact that they organically continue the literary dialogue, which is holistic, variable and nontrivial. The author focuses on such an experiment as well as his potential reader, using, in particular, the principles of intertextual play. The literary base of the work is a collection of stories by Alexei Slapovsky «Misty Alleys». In our opinion, the literal dialogue with «Dark Alleys» by I. A. Bunin for a post-realist writer is a variant of rethinking a number of topics that are most significant for our time. In Slapovsky's story, the format of the story is reduced, the plot is transformed, but the allusional background remains, because it is a link between the extremes of different historical eras. The analysis of the stories is compiled, since the main purpose of the article is to determine the main coordinates, orienting towards the embodiment of the aesthetic intention. The work ends with the conclusion that «Misty Alleys» by Alexei Slapovsky formally are an arrangement of «Dark Alleys» by I. A. Bunin, but the actual, effective nature of the artistic word is heterogeneous in both cycles. Ivan Bunin is more inclined to emancipate naturalness, to show nature, however, within the framework of classical, implicit literature. Alexei Slapovsky's author's attitude is of a different way – he is attracted by the explication of old themes, built according to the laws of modernity. The artistic form of Alexei Slapovsky’sstories objectifies the literary classics, as if revives it, but also draws a projection of the comprehension of life issues within the limits of actual reality. This work can be applied in the study of the latest literary process, in deciphering the signs of Russian post-realism, in a detailed assessment of Alexei Slapovsky’s prose.

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Alexey Slapovsky, post-realism, intertextuality, narration, reading aesthetics, Ivan Bunin, structure of the text, recipient, story, author.