An Anthology of Russian Literature from Earliest Writings to by Nicholas Rzhevsky

By Nicholas Rzhevsky

Russia has a wealthy, large, unwieldy cultural culture. tips to snatch it? This school room reader is designed to reply to that challenge. The literary works chosen for inclusion during this anthology introduce the center cultural and historical issues 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 by means of introductions, important 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, O blessed one, remember me in your peace! My heart burns, my soul confuses my mind, and I know not to whom to turn and to whom to extend this bitter sorrow. To the brother whom I would have in place of a father? But he, methinks, has learned worldly vanities and contemplates my murder. If he sheds my blood and attempts to slay me, then a martyr shall I be unto my Lord. '12 Therefore what shall I say or what shall I do? Lo, shall I go to my brother and say, 'Be a father to me. You are my brother and elder.

You are my brother and elder. " And in his mind he thought: "If I go to my father's < previous page page_22 next page > < previous page page_23 next page > Page 23 house, many tongues there will incline my heart toward banishment of my brother, just as my father acted before holy Baptism for the sake of glory and princely power in this world, all of which passes away being less than a cobweb. So whither must I go upon departure from this place? And how shall I return then? What will an answer be for me?

And hearing this he exalted in his heart. And that which was said by the psalmist David came to pass: ''Why boastest thou in mischief, O mighty man? Thy tongue deviseth lies and iniquity all the day long. Thou lovest evil more than good, lying rather than to speak righteousness. Thou lovest all < previous page page_29 next page > < previous page page_30 next page > Page 30 devouring words, and a deceitful tongue. For this reason God shall destroy thee forever. "46 And though the saintly one lay there a long time, he remained entirely unharmed, for He left him not in oblivion and neglect but gave signs: now a pillar of fire was seen, now burning candles.

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