March 21, 2014

What Would Tolstoy Say About Russia and Ukraine?

What Would Tolstoy Say About Russia and Ukraine?

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We’re putting the Crimea story through the filter of Russian poetry, literature and history. I’m calling on two Russian-born authors and scholars, Maxim Shrayer of Boston College, and Svetlana Boym of Harvard. What if we could summon the best Russian minds we’ve ever known – starting with the humanist Tolstoy, the Slavic nationalist Dostoevsky, the gentle Russian in the Crimea Anton Chekhov,  and the moderns Solzhenitsyn and Nabokov to fill in the back story of Russian annexation of Crimea?


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  • Potter

    My notes:
    A lot more memory is needed.
    A writer has to be a foreigner in his own land…[there is] a place for dissent, in an internally divided Russia ( reminding me of the US).. patrimony [is] cruelly manipulated…[we have] cold war nostalgia.. St Peterburg cafe society [is in] great despair,.. read Nabokov to be reminded of a state that is inching it’s way towards dictatorship.

    Wonderful.. thank you!

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