By Nicholas Rzhevsky
Russia has a wealthy, large, unwieldy cultural culture. easy methods to seize it? This school room reader is designed to reply to that challenge. The literary works chosen for inclusion during this anthology introduce the middle cultural and old subject matters of Russia's civilisation. every one textual content has resonance in the course of 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 via introductions, worthy 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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But Igor, the prince, sped like an ermine into the rushes, like a white duck on the water; he jumped on a swift steed, leapt from it like a barefoot wolf, and sped on the Donets water meadow, and flew like a falcon beneath clouds, slaying geese and swans for morning fare, and for dinner, and for supper. If Igor flew as a falcon, Olvur ran like a wolf, shaking off the freezing dew: they drove their steeds to exhaustion. The Donets said: "Prince Igor! " Igor said: "O Donets! Is there not enough glory for you nourishing the prince on waves, spreading him green grass on your silver banks, clothing him in warm mist beneath the shade of the green tree?
Yea, I beseech Thee, O Lord, may they receive accordingly. "47 After this was spoken, they advanced against one another, and the field of the L¢to was covered with a multitude of troops. As the sun rose, they met in battle, and the fighting was extremely fierce. 48 Toward evening Jaroslav triumphed, and the accursed Svjatopolk fled. A demon fell upon him, and his bones became weak so that he was unable even to sit on his horse; so they carried him on a litter. They fled to Brest with him, but he said: "Flee!
Where shall I conceal the multitude of my sins? For what did my father's brothers or my father heretofore acquire? Where are their lives and their worldly glory, the purple robes and silks, the silver and gold, the wines and meads, the fine food and swift steeds, the great and beautiful homes, the many possessions, the tribute and countless honors, and the pride in their boyars? All this already is for them as though it had never been. Everything has vanished with them, 15 and there is no help from any one of them or from their possessions, from a multitude of slaves or from the glory of this world.