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Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia

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Josef Stalin’s favourite novel was The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov, an author who’s published works mostly weren’t published until after his death! Petro’nun başlattığı bu akım Petersburg’daki aristokrat kesimin özümsemesiyle birlikte bence oldukça ilginç boyutlara varmış. The book tells us about the complex interaction between these two cultures and the influence this interaction has had on the national consciousness and the arts. 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. 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.

Like the European-schooled countess Natasha performing an impromptu folk dance in Tolstoy's War and Peace, the spirit of "Russianness" is revealed by Figes as rich and uplifting, complex and contradictory-a powerful force that unified a vast country and proved more lasting than any Russian ruler or state. Dediğim gibi salt bilgi içerikli olmasından dolayı kitap hakkındaki düşüncelerimi bölümler halinde spoiler korkusu olmadan vermek istiyorum, bütününe yorum yapmak zor çünkü bölümden bölüme yazarın tutumunun değiştiğini fark ettim. Tolstoy’un akrabası olan Volkonski Tolstoy’un "Savaş ve Barış" eserindeki Bolkonski karakteri için ilham kaynağı olmuştur. The exponents of Russian high culture - literature, music and painting - wanted to offer something distinctive to the world and needed to put a "national" dye in their cloth.Il coinvolgimento che suscita per la materia trattata a tale da spingere a un sempre maggiore approfondimento delle proprie conoscenze. yy’da Fransız etkisinde kalan ve neredeyse hiç Rusça eser verilmeyen bir dönemi kapatmıştır diyebiliriz. Aynı şekilde Köylüleri mitleştiren aydınlar aslında onların hiç de düşündükleri gibi olmadığını, bir yüce erdem kaynağı değil sıradan insan olduklarını keşfetmesi de bu döneme denk düşer ve gerçek Rus köylüs�� hakkında somut fikirler edinmeye başlarlar. Figes aligns himself with the school of thought that this was not a wholly negative legacy, fostering political authority and economic well-being. Salt bilgi içerikli olduğu için bir kurgu romandan beklenilen akıcılık bu eserden beklenmemeli ancak muadillerine göre kolay okunuşunun bu kitabı popüler yaptığını düşünüyorum.

He states that in Bulgakov's novel "The Heart of a Dog" a dog's organs were transplanted into a human being, when it was the other way around, hence the sense of disappointment implied in the title of the novel. Perhaps I am being a little hard on Figes given that within his defined scope ND is extremely good, but then perhaps I have felt isolated since I waited all those weeks and months for some guidance on my graduation paper all those moons ago. But I've been a fan of Russian literature--especially the great novels of the 19th century, and of Russian music and particularly of the Russian ballet and its offshoots in the West.There certainly has been be a boundary for a study as broad as this to make sense and stay focused, and the boundary from which Figes works is a sensible one, but it leaves important questions unanswered and the reader (or, more precisely, me) wanting a prequel to Natasha's Dance. French was the language of high society, and in high-born families the language of all personal relationships as well. 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. Other interesting personalities described include Diaghilev of Ballets Russes and Akhmatova, the famous poetess.

Kniha začína stavbou Petrohradu, ruských Benátok, a cez pasáže o náboženstve, etnografii sa dostáva k Dostojevskému, Čechovovi a Tolstému. For the peasantry believed in a universe where the earth and spirit worlds were intimately linked in one continuum. But, my brief review cannot do justice to the depth and breadth of the coverage of this fascinating book which made me want to explore more about Russian culture. This makes sense from the author's perspective, according to which Soviet history is not even Russian history, but rather 'a lens' through which Russia looks distorted.

Figes has a knack too for writing accessibly about music, and his understanding of peasant melody allows him to put Stravinsky into the same national frame. He ascribes to Dobroliubov the authorship of the term "Oblomovism," when it was Goncharov who coined the term and used it in his novel "Oblomov" first, and Dobroliubov's article "What is 'Oblomovism'? Je hanbou krajiny, že najväčšie piliere svojej kultúry pravidelne vystavuje enormnému tlaku bezohľadne valiacich sa dejín.

Much of this linguistic development came as a result of Tsar Pyotr I in the seventeenth century initiating and facilitating cultural exchange between Russia and Western Europe. Resimde, edebiyatta gerçekçiliğe dönüşün başladığı 1850- 1890 arasının yoğun olarak anlatıldığı bölümde en çok dikkatimi çeken şeylerden birisi: Moskova sanat tiyatrosunda öğrenci ve fakirler i��in ayrılan ucuz koltukların zenginlerin koltuklarıyla ön sıralarda bir arada olmasıydı. Some, such as Pyotr I and later Catherine II, wanted the former; others, such as Aleksandr III, wanted the second; still others, such as Aleksandr II, preferred the latter. Napolyon’un Rus seferi ile Fransız hayranlığının hat safhada olduğu Rusya’da doğal olarak işlerin değişmesine rağmen hala Fransız hayranlarını barındırması Rusya’yı Moskova –ulusalcılar- Petersburg- batıcılar- gibi bir ikilemde bırakmıştır.

Despite Russia's immense size and diversity it is this unique temperament that has held together a people scattered from Europe to Asia and enabled them to survive in the face of their own fearful history.

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