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By Nicholas Rzhevsky

Russia has a wealthy, large, unwieldy cultural culture. tips to take hold of 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 by way of introductions, precious 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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The Emperors, the Archbishop, Ephimianos his father, and all the boyars and the people sat, and there was a great silence in the house of Ephimianos. The archivist began to read the parchment, as it was written. When he had read it, Ephimianos leapt from his chair. Tearing his garments out of grief, and pulling his gray hair out by the roots, he ran and fell on the breast of the righteous and honorable body. He lovingly kissed him, saying: "Woe is me, my son. Why did you do this to me and bring sorrow to my soul?

For all you are warm and beautiful, but why, Lord, did you spread your burning rays upon the warriors of my beloved? " The sea splashed at midnight, clouds move like whirlwinds. God points the way to Prince Igor out of the Polovtsian land to the Russian land to his father's golden throne. Dawn has faded in evening. Igor sleeps and does not sleep, Igor, thinking, measures the plains from the Great Don to the little Donets. At midnight Olvur 37 whistled for a steed from beyond the riverhe bids the prince to heed: Prince Igor shall disappear!

Early this night they dressed me," he said, "in a black shroud on a bed of yew; they ladled out for me dark blue wine, mixed with sorrow; from the empty quivers of pagan foreigners they poured large pearls on me and caressed < previous page page_14 next page > < previous page page_15 next page > Page 15 me. Already the beams of my gold-roofed palace are without girding. " And the boyars said to the prince, "Already, prince, grief has seized the mind. Two falcons have flown from their father's golden throne to gain the city of Tmutorokan, or at least to drink of the Don from a helmet.

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