Sokurov’s Movie “Russian Ark” (2003) and the Russian National Identity

A central issue in “Russian Ark” is the spread of enlightenment through and the rise of the nation-state, and with it various forms of nationalism. Accompanying the age of the nation-state-first its emergence from under the tutelage of Empire, and second its ferocious return after the fall of Soviet-styled socialism – there has been an… Continue reading Sokurov’s Movie “Russian Ark” (2003) and the Russian National Identity

“Now About Those…” by Bella Akhmadulina, “the Best of the Living Poetesses” (Joseph Brodsky)

Vitas- reads a poem Such a comment I got last night from Kseniya and today I am putting  it into my post. Here it is a portrait of Bella Akhmadulina.                                                                                                                                            Dear Valentina! First I would like to thank you for your warm reception, for your hospitality and openness. For that energy and fullness of the… Continue reading “Now About Those…” by Bella Akhmadulina, “the Best of the Living Poetesses” (Joseph Brodsky)

“…and Raising up to the Highest Level of Madness” (About Poetry)

First I would like you to listen to the song with the lyrics on poem by a great Russian poetess Marina Tsvetaeva “And on leaving I will say” to attune your ear to poetry . А напоследок я скажу Then I wrote a letter to Canadian poet John Woodsworth and he answered me, both letters… Continue reading “…and Raising up to the Highest Level of Madness” (About Poetry)

Mark Twain or Dostoevsky? Parallel Lives of Great Nations

My interlocutor today is Ivan Semyonovich, a big politics fan and literature admirer and we are talking about   Mark Twain (1835-1910) and Dostoevsky ( 1821-1881), about America and Russia. I.S. A cosmic Plutarch writing “The Parallel Lives of Great Nations” could not find a more rewarding subject. Perhaps it could be called Mark Twain or… Continue reading Mark Twain or Dostoevsky? Parallel Lives of Great Nations

Oh Natalie, Oh Natalie, a Beauty to die for! (About A.S. Pushkin)

A Conversation with Ivan Maximovich, a Connoisseur of Russian Literature and Culture. I.M. You said that the great Russian poets are the Ryabinins and what about Pushkin, our  national pride, the verses of whom we were taught starting from the school bench. V.N. Do you know what? Definitely, Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (1799-1837) was a great… Continue reading Oh Natalie, Oh Natalie, a Beauty to die for! (About A.S. Pushkin)

Trofim Grigorievich Ryabinin (1801-1885) and his son Ivan were the first great Russian poets, epic story tellers

Nowhere I could find the real pictures of the Ryabinins great Russian poets, epic story tellers. This is why it is shown here a piece of an artist’s imagination of old Russian story tellers. To attune your ear to the Russian ancient melody it is included also the performance of folk Russian group “Belorybitsa”, song… Continue reading Trofim Grigorievich Ryabinin (1801-1885) and his son Ivan were the first great Russian poets, epic story tellers