By Nicholas Rzhevsky
Russia has a wealthy, large, unwieldy cultural culture. tips on how to snatch it? This lecture room reader is designed to reply to that challenge. The literary works chosen for inclusion during this anthology introduce the center cultural and old subject matters of Russia's civilisation. each one textual content has resonance during 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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How could you vanish, my light, while I was not there? If only I myself had prepared your venerable body for burial with my own hands and committed it to the grave. But I neither carried the manly beauty of your body, nor was I worthy of kissing your resplendent gray hair. But, O blessed one, remember me in your peace! My heart burns, my soul confuses my mind, and I know not to whom to turn and to whom to extend this bitter sorrow. To the brother whom I would have in place of a father? But he, methinks, has learned worldly vanities and contemplates my murder.
O, my dear brother and lord! " And so, as he was groaning and weeping and wetting the earth with his tears, and calling upon God with frequent sighs, those sent by Svjatopolk suddenly arrivedthose evil servants of his, merciless bloodsuckers, the fiercest of fratricides, having the souls of savage beasts. The saintly one had set off in a small vessel, and they met him at the mouth of the Smjadin¢. And when he saw them, he rejoiced in his soul; but they, upon seeing him, were covered with gloom and rowed toward him.