An Anthology of Russian Literature from Earliest Writings to Modern Fiction: Introduction to a Culture

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Nicholas Rzhevsky
M.E. Sharpe, 2005 - Literary Collections - 587 pages
Russia has a rich, huge, unwieldy cultural tradition. How to grasp it? This classroom reader is designed to respond to that problem. The literary works selected for inclusion in this anthology introduce the core cultural and historic themes of Russia's civilisation. Each text has resonance throughout the arts - in Rublev's icons, Meyerhold's theatre, Mousorgsky's operas, Prokofiev's symphonies, Fokine's choreography and Kandinsky's paintings. This material is supported by introductions, helpful annotations and bibliographies of resources in all media. The reader is intended for use in courses in Russian literature, culture and civilisation, as well as comparative literature.
 

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Contents

The Emerging Self
41
ffl The Search for Identity
79
A Petersburg Tale
118
MikhailLermontov Borodino
132
Subversions of Secularization
147
Lefty from Tula and a Steel Flea
338
The Story of a Horse
368
New Aesthetic Languages
401
Soviet Culture and Beyond
455
Isaak Babel The King
466
Sergei Esenin Farewell my friend farewell
473
IlfandPetrov The Union of the Sword and the Plow From The Twelve Chairs
474
Mikhail Sholokhov Virgin Soil Upturned Chapter
485
A Comedy in One Act
490
Osip Mandelstam We live without feeling
504
Anna Akhmatova The Last Toast
506

Anton Chekhov The Lady with the Lapdog
407
Anton Chekhov Tfo CAerv Orchard Act I
422
Alexander Blok A Puppet Show
438
Anna Akhmatova The GrayEyed King
441
Vladimir Mayakovsky Listen
443
Marina Tsvetaeva I ask the mirror for a glimpse
445
Marina Tsvetaeva Verses About Moscow
447
Valery Briusov Barely a Tenth
449
Andrei Bely The Escape From Petersburg
451
DaniilKharms Makarov and Peterson No 3
507
Anonymous Chapayev Anecdotes
509
Mikhail Bulgakov Black Magic and Its Exposure From The Master and Margarita
511
Boris Pasternak Hamlet
525
Vladimir Vysotsky Morning Exercise
527
Fedor Abramov Wooden Horses
529
Notes
553
Selected Bibliography
581
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