By Nicholas Rzhevsky
Russia has a wealthy, large, unwieldy cultural culture. easy methods to seize it? This school room reader is designed to answer that challenge. The literary works chosen for inclusion during this anthology introduce the middle cultural and historical topics of Russia's civilisation. every 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 by way of 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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And Kiev, brothers, groaned from grief, and Chernigov from attacks. Anguish spilled through the Russian land, munificent woe flowed in the land of the Russians. And the princes forged sedition among themselves, while the pagans for their part victoriously invaded the Russian land and took tribute of a squirrel from every home. So those two brave sons of Sviatoslav, Igor and Vsevolod, awoke the evil that had been lured to sleep by their father, Kiev's fierce great Sviatoslav, that had been subdued by his ferocity, by his strong troops and steel swords.
And no one heeds me. " And bending his knees, he began to pray thus: "Most compassionate and most merciful Lord! Turn not from my tears but have pity on my grievous hopelessness, see the crushing of my heart. For lo, I am being slaughtered and know not why, nor understand for which wrong. Thou knowest, O Lord, my Lord! ' See, O Lord, and judge! For behold, my soul is prepared before Thee, Lord, and we lift up our praise unto Thee, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever more.