Poetry or prose? Russian literary dispute ends in stabbing death
(Reuters) - The lesson from a stabbing death in Russia: Alcohol and literature can be a lethal mix.
A former schoolteacher killed his friend after a drunken argument over which is superior, poetry or prose, investigators in the Sverdlovsk region said on Wednesday.
“The literary dispute soon grew into a banal conflict, on the basis of which the 53-year-old admirer of poetry killed his opponent with the help of a knife,” the regional branch of the federal Investigative Committee said in a statement.
The suspect fled his home in the town of Irbit, where the 67-year-old victim was killed after the argument on January 20, and hid at another friend’s house in a nearby village before he was found and detained, it said.
The killing came four months after an argument over the theories of 18th century German philosopher Immanuel Kant ended in a man being shot in a grocery store in southern Russia.
I’m sure this story says something about national character but I’m not sure what.
I’m pretty sure that here in the US we haven’t had any murders directly resulting from literary/philosophical disputes recently.