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

By Nicholas Rzhevsky

Russia has a wealthy, large, unwieldy cultural culture. the best way to take hold of it? This school room reader is designed to answer that challenge. The literary works chosen for inclusion during this anthology introduce the center cultural and ancient issues of Russia's civilisation. each one textual content has resonance during 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 way of introductions, necessary 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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On the river Kaiala darkness has covered the light; Polovtsians have scattered over the Russian land like a brood of panthers and woke great rejoicing among the Hins. Already shame has come down upon glory; already violence has struck freedom; already Div has thrown himself to earth. And already fair Gothic maidens have begun to sing on the shores of the dark blue sea, jingling Russian gold, singing about the time of Bus; cherishing revenge for Sharukan. " Then great Sviatoslav let fall a golden word, mixed with tears, and said, "O my brethren, Igor and Vsevolod!

And they promised to do so. For of such the prophet said: "They make haste to shed blood unjustly: for they pledge blood and gather evil unto themselves. " And when they heard this, the troops departed from him, and he remained with only his retainers. On the Sabbath day he was in distress and grief, and his heart was oppressed. And he entered his tent and wept with a broken heart but a joyful soul, sorrowfully lifting his voice: "Despise not my tears, O Lord. For as I have my hope in Thee, so shall I, together with Thy servants, accept my portion and lot with all Thy holy ones, for Thou art a merciful God, and unto Thee shall we render praise forever.

Lover of man, that Thou hast made me worthy to fulfill the desire of my heart. Glory be to Thee, my Christ, to Thy great Compassion, that Thou hast directed my worldly feet onto the right way, running to Thee without fault. Look down from Thy holy heights and see the sickness of my heart, which I caught from my kinsman, that for Thy sake I am killed this day. 28 I am counted as a sheep for the slaughter. For Thou knowest, my Lord, that I shall neither resist nor speak contrarily. Though I had all my father's troops in my hands and all whom my father loved, yet I plotted nought against my brother.

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