Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia

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Macmillan, 17 ott 2003 - 768 pagine
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Beginning in the eighteenth century with the building of St. Petersburg - a "window on the West" - and culminating with the challenges posed to Russian identity by the Soviet regime, Figes examines how writers, artists, and musicians grappled with the idea of Russia itself - its, character, spiritual essence, history, and destiny. What did it mean to be Russian - an illiterate serf or an imperial courtier? And where was the true Russia - in Europe or in Asia? Figes skillfully interweaves the great works - by Dostoevsky and Chekhov, Stravinsky and Chagall - with folk embroidery, peasant songs, religious icons, and all the customs of daily life, from eating, drinking, and bathing habits to beliefs about death and the spirit world.
 

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NATASHA'S DANCE: A Cultural History of Russia

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An immensely learned, ambitious effort to view Russian history through the lens of its arts, music, and literature.A skilled practitioner of both narrative and intellectual history, Figes (History ... Leggi recensione completa

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I'm tempted to say that this is a great book because like Russian art it has a soul, but that sounds presumptuous since I've not an expert on any Russian art and I've never been to Russia. But I've ... Leggi recensione completa

Indice

EUROPEAN RUSSIA
4
CHILDREN OF 1812
72
MOSCOW MOSCOW
150
IN SEARCH OF THE RUSSIAN SOIL
290
DESCENDANTS OF CENUHIZ KHAN
356
Notes
585
Glossary
641
Table of Chronology
644
Acknowledgements
655
A Guide to Further Reading
659
Index
689
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Informazioni sull'autore (2003)

Orlando Figes is the author of A People's Tragedy, and recipient of the Wolfson Prize for History and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among others. A regular contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Times Literary Supplement, he is a professor of history at the University of London. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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