Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia
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Un libro de profundo conocimiento de la historia y cultura rusa, contado de manera cercana y amena, de lectura casi obligatoria para entender a los rusos. Students in the 1870s onwards went out to speak with the ‘people’ to turn them to ideas of socialism, something Lenin famously did (himself a hereditary noble), but finding they were religious and simple folk who cherished their ‘father Tsar’. Kendini kabul ettiremeyen Rusların saldırgan ve milliyetçi bir tutuma geçmesinde kırılma noktası bu sanırım.
At one point Figes credits Nikolay Dobrolyubov with the creation of the term Oblomovism, while in reality Ivan Goncharov first coined the term in his novel Обломов; Dobrolyubov’s article, Что такое обломовщина? I particularly enjoy reading about the Soviet Union and began to trace history back from the revolution with Bunin's Cursed days and Bulgakov's White Guard.
In Tolstoy's War and Peace Natasha Rostova, at the end of a day's hunting, goes to a wooden hut where folk songs are played to the balalaika. Ma il diritto di criticare la Russia è mio, perché la Russia è mia e perché io l’amo, e non concedo questo diritto a nessuno straniero.
Beautifully written and gloriously vivid, Natasha's Dance is a triumphant assertion of the greatness of Russia's culture and the remarkable lives of those who have shaped it. Certainly the expansive architecture and epicurean excess of Russian elites put anything in Paris or London to shame. Other topics include the failed Decembrist uprising, Moscow, customs, religion (the Orthodox Church) and superstition, Asiatic Russia (i.One of those books that, at times, makes you wonder how you have so far managed to do without it' Independent on Sunday 'Thrilling, dizzying .
The 19th Century high culture of Count Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky have captured worldwide imagination ever since, with their colourful characters of aristocrats, soldiers, prostitutes, drunks and down and outs, this combined with grand ideas of war, society and the individual make timeless classics. They were looking for a site to build a fort against the Swedes, then at war with Russia, and the owners of these long abandoned swamps. Tolstoy shows that however grand and foreign-educated they might be, at heart the Russians are Russians.I understand this is just supposed to be an overview of Russian culture and I did learn quite a bit from it but I think I would have been more satisfied with a more general overview at the beginning and then more in depth analysis of the specific topics. So, if you want a broad, general, introductory (if biased) overview of Russian culture and aren't too particular on how it all fits into the wider world, aren't too picky about accuracy, nor have read any of the novels quoted/discussed extensively in the text, then you might be interested in this book. nin "nasıl yapmalı"sının henüz yazıldığı yıllarda bundan etkilenen aydın ve öğrenciler köylüler tarafından “ biz çar olmadan nasıl yaşarız” sözleriyle karşılanıp imparatorluk görevlilerine ispiyonlanmaya başlanması biraz traji-komik. Figes says they began to go to Easter midnight Masses and 'now as exiles clung to native customs and beliefs'.