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S above predecessors and successors "when it comes to cultural influence and knowledge I could feel the heat and neurosis " it comes to cultural influence and knowledge I could feel the heat and neurosis the faltering steps over egg shells which artists experienced nder Uncle Joe I m very keen now to read Volkov s Shostakovich and Stalin It amazes me that despite all the horrors the Russian people experienced throughout these years the country s cultural life remained strong and vital further enriched because of it Or is it just the nature of the Russian soul The title taken from Anna Akhmatova s christening of a group of her students could ve just as easily been The Mystical Chorus Volkov persuasively shows the reuisite religious fervor with which art has been pursued in Russia since Tolstoy an issue that is reigns relevant as PutinMedvedev tighten their grip over current Russian culture and media
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a State was officially sans religion headed by a government that dealt with artists as violently as any persecuted religion Andropov the head of the KGB Kings of Paradise (Ash and Sand under Brezhnev and later General Secretary of the Communist Party in the early 80s employed the terms culture and ideology synonymously pursuing art in Soviet Russia was akin to practicing a forbidden religion or being a political dissident As Louis Menand points out in his foreword to the NYRB s edition of To the Finland Station history too took on a religion like status in this supposedly and violently secular society History was an idea indistinguishable from faith and for many people Marx was its prophet p xiiiAs seminal of a role as art plays in my life it s hard imagine the extent of the commitment an artist had to make in pursuing their worknder the eyes of the KGB and the Soviet State Volkov does a wonderful job illuminating innumerable artists struggles and the significance of their work often exposing artists that never found their way into deserved recognition in the WestVolkov s knowledge of Russian culture is immense and personal which makes for a rich study He also avoids the trap of stale historiography by following the breadcrumb trail of themes artists and genres rather than sticking to a chronological trajectory This can feel a bit tangential and be hard to follow at times but as a whole I preferred his style to a traditional history narrative as it often feels like listening in on an impassioned conversation rather than reading a historical textWhile essentially a gloss on what seems like every major and secondary artist in Russia since Tolstoy I m not sure that this is the place to start for readers that are just beginning their study of twentieth century Russian culture as I sometimes had a hard time digesting the minutiae all the while keeping the big picture in mind and I have studied a fair bit of Russian history and culture That said Volkov s wit kudos to Antonina Bouis the translator for conveying this forceful opinions biographical bits are often almost gossipy at times and vast knowledge of the subject matter make The Magical Chorus a wonderful read Russian history through cultural expression beautifully presented One thing this book needs however is a study guide that walks the reader through each piece of artwork each piece of music film and so on This book evokes the volatile atmosphere of Russia throughout the 19th and 20th centuries times of high ideals great change and obscene disappointment Certainly history is written through human interaction and reaction and motifs of experience are played by each participant contributing to an illustrious magical chorus Good but peters out after a great start ma. Uthor’s funeral turned in to what Volkov describes as “a media circus” The death of the literary lion left A Spiritual Void In spiritual void in cultural leadership of the THE MAGICAL CHORUS | Kirkus Reviews THE MAGICAL CHORUS A HISTORY OF RUSSIAN CULTURE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY FROM TOLSTOY TO SOLZHENITSYN by Solomon Volkov translated by Antonina W Bouis ‧ RELEASE DATE March Wide ranging study of the arts in Russia during the Communist era bracketed by a decade of relative freedom on either end The Magical Chorus A History of Russian Culture Buy The Magical Chorus A History of Russian Culture from Tolstoy to Solzhenitsyn st by Volkov Solomon ISBN from 's Book Store Everyday low The Magical Chorus | Border Sagas –Solomon Volkov The Magical Chorus pp viii ix “What kind of country is it now a republic?” “I don’t know” –from Russian Ark Volkov’s extremely apt observations above highlight the complexities of Russia’s present state resulting in ambivalences and confusions as the Not that I like the book but it suddenly made me think maybe Russian literature is worth reading after all While I knew I would enjoy the contents of this book I did not think I would find it to be very readable After all it has been lingering on my shelves for close to five years It outlasted all of my Fitzgeralds including The Last Tycoon which I had expected to be the last book I would finish in my mission to read all of the books I own But The Magical Chorus surprised me by not being dry and dense It was translated from Russian so this may have to do with the translator but I found it to be easy to read although it did take me over a month to finish but a lot of that had to do with life rather than the bookIn The Magical Chorus Solomon Volkov examines the ties between Russian culture writers directors composers performers and the leadership of the Soviet Union He begins just before the 1917 Russian Revolution and continues following a mostly chronological path to the early 2000s when Putin came to power I have always been interested in Russian history and this book played to that interest without going into an overwhelming amount of detail If you are at all familiar with global politics of the amount of detail If you are at all familiar with global politics of the century you will not get lost in this book I do not know much about Russian culture beyond passing familiarity with Tolstoy and Chekov and Volkov did a good job of explaining the individuals in this book without relying on the reader to know all "Of The NamesI Think That "the namesI think that I liked about the book its accessibility would be considered a flaw by many people If you have a deeper nderstanding of the Revolution the Soviet Union and the Cold War and especially if you are familiar with Russian culture during the Soviet era then this book probably seems to oversimplify and generalize a complicated time period and people Volkov grew p in Soviet Russia and as we entered the second half of the 20th century he began writing about people that he knew well or had at least met This familiarity made the book seem less scholarly and gossipy although based on its accessibility I don t think scholarly was the goal Perhaps to a seasoned Russian scholar the whole book may have come across that way I know that I enjoyed the first two thirds much than the last third although that may have also had something to do with the significant role that the intelligentsia played in the Revolution and the way that Volkov described Stalin s political approach to them However I would have expected culture to play as much of a role in the changes of the 80s and 90s and I did not enjoy the section detailing those The Little Bit Naughty Book of Wild Sex Positions uite as muchAll of that being said I liked this book a lot I am glad that I picked itp for its pretty cover and that I finally read it Another reviewer says that Volkov s style is deceptively simple and the book reuires multiple re readings to follow the narrative That seems to me a very nice way of saying it s a disorganized mass of anecdotes lacking any guiding thread On the Leaders Eat Last upside some of the anecdotes are good Interesting analysis of Russian cultural life c 1890 2000 a time of political topsy turvy Tszardom to perestroika with a revolution thrown in Soviet Union glasnostThe book kicks off with the death of Tolstoy in 1910 his influence in life and death Many less well known figures in Russia s rich cultural and complex makep I was La muralla verde unfamiliar with I struggled to recall some of their names and roles I found the effect of regime change on cultural life than fascinating Stalin in particular What a cultural enigma Some peasant He tower. MagicalChorus YouTube Facebook Page SEE LINK Hello We are yet another Youtube chorus with the same passion Please supports At the moment we don't accept any members ┊ The Magical Chorus A History of Russian Culture Magical Chorus languored about too long for me ntil the middle 'A Rendevous With Stalin' where ignites the connection to the book's real and entrancing heart the Russian mystery of mirrors between her rulers and artists After that Volkov takes off Uncle Joe's moral tics and Stalinism itself are dissected like a surgeon; Akhmatova noting she died thirteen years to the day after Stalin The Magical Chorus Solomon Volkov The Magical Chorus by Solomon Volkov available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide Book Review The Magical Chorus A History Of With The Magical Chorus – A History Of Russian Culture From Tolstoy To Solzhenitsyn author Solomon Volkov has found a niue way of illuminating these years The book opens p with the passing of Leo Tolstoy The legendary ,
Ybe its length is just not enough to do the subject justice maybe the author just scattered himself but I thought this could have been a great book based on its first third which is superb Surprisingly dull It didn t seem to have any overall thrust or structure It was just one anecdote after another Gorky with Stalin Akhmatova s persecution the politicking over the Nobel Prize I mean I didn t need convincing about there being a relationship between politics and art in the Soviet Union I guess I d hoped for some synthesizing argument 809 Magical Chorus is a typical Volkov book very very intelligent very interesting but challenging to read Volkov s style as brought to s by his translator is deceptively simple but reuires multiple re reads to follow the narrative and recall all of the players he mentionsIn this particular demonstration of his style Volkov re tells 20th century Russia by a discussion of its cultural icons From Tolstoy through Russian Ark he shows the interaction between the highest elites of the Communist Party and the highest elites of the Soviet cultural sphere The key word here however is discussion Volkov relies on his own background in this
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his own with these characters to retell his story and his style is oftentimes that of an elderly neighbor musing over memories In addition Volkov s memory and mastery Imagine condensing a 100 years of cultural history into 300 pages of incredibly dense prose with 100 s of famous names being dropped into the conversation It s a flurry of inspiration that s sure to pad your cultural TBR to keep you busy for a few decades I must inspiration that s sure to pad your cultural TBR to keep you busy for a few decades I must a cheers to Antonina W Bouis for her translation this must have been a challenge for her Because this work was so heavily researched relied on so many interviews with people who knew other people the otations are extensive But as a reading experience everything still flows where the notes are available but they don t encroach on the reading I think this is a book you could go into culturally blind Only knowing that Russians wrote some famous classics Crime Punishment is one they are great at classical music like that Tchaikovsky fellow was cool oh and they do ballet well With this level of Russian cultural history this book could probably pull you into this deep pool of cultural wealth But chances are it could just seem like a lot of name dropping if you have no plans to explore any of the 100 s of cultural artifacts mentioned afterwardsWhat made this such a fast read is basically three things1 I m crazy about Russian literature am glad to already be familiar with some of the works mentioned From a literature point of view to get the most powerful emotional reading experience from this book I d recommend "A Few Books To Get You Into The Groove I " few books to get you into the groove I t say how grateful I am to have read these first It s only a suggested list not mandatory by any means Some of these giants works Tolstoy Dostoyevsky Chekov Gorky Bulgakov One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Solzhenitsyn The House of the Dead by Dostoyevsky Matryona s House by Solzhenitsyn it would be awesome if you re already a diehard fan though Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak And iet Flows the Don by Sholokhov Anything by Vasily Grossman even the beginnings of his monumental TOMES would workMaybe some Nabokov or give Lolita a flip through for the language is sufficient2 Knowing a touch of Russian history I just finished Red Famine by Anne Applebaum am so glad to be reading this so fresh off that book When the few pages of Stalin s peasant collectivization Arrator in Russian Ark displays Yes Russia has been a part in varying degrees of Europe and thus The Magical Chorus A History of Russian Culture The Magical Chorus A History of Russian Culture in the Twentieth Century from Tolstoy to Solzhenitsyn MOBI ☆ Chorus A Kindle The Magical PDF or Chorus A History of MOBI Magical Chorus A History of PDF Magical Chorus A PDFEPUB The Magical Chorus A History of RussianEpic in scope and intimate in detail The Magical Chorus is the definitive account of a re The Magical Chorus English Edition eBook The Magical Chorus is an ideal guide clear but still subtle and nuanced to the rich complexity of Russian culture its splendors controversies achievements and tragedies throughout the th century Volkov evokes the excitement of that far off time with compelling immediacy The Magical Chorus A History of Russian Culture The Magical Chorus A History of Russian Culture from Tolstoy to Solzhenitsyn es Volkov Solomon Bouis Antonina W Libros en idiomas extranjeros. ,