By Nicholas Rzhevsky
Russia has a wealthy, large, unwieldy cultural culture. how one can take hold of it? This school room reader is designed to answer that challenge. The literary works chosen for inclusion during this anthology introduce the center cultural and ancient topics 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 through introductions, invaluable 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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