By Nicholas Rzhevsky
Russia has a wealthy, large, unwieldy cultural culture. the way to clutch it? This lecture room reader is designed to answer that challenge. The literary works chosen for inclusion during this anthology introduce the middle cultural and ancient subject matters of Russia's civilisation. every one textual content has resonance through the arts - in Rublev's icons, Meyerhold's theatre, Mousorgsky's operas, Prokofiev's symphonies, Fokine's choreography and Kandinsky's work. This fabric is supported via introductions, worthwhile annotations and bibliographies of assets in all media. The reader is meant to be used in classes in Russian literature, tradition and civilisation, in addition to comparative literature.
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An Anthology of Russian Literature from Earliest Writings to Modern Fiction: Introduction to a Culture by Nicholas Rzhevsky