What to read: 10 books on contemporary art and culture
Be In Trend has prepared a selection of 10 books on contemporary art, which will help from different angles to look at the art of the last 100 years. The…

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Image and theme of the war in Tolstoy's “Sevastopol Stories”
In the military stories (“Raid”, “Forest Cutting”, “Sevastopol in December 1854, in May and August 1855”) Tolstoy dwells on the question of how legitimate war, demanding so many bloody victims,…

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BORIS GROYS "POLITICS OF POETICS"
Today, the philosopher, theorist of art and curator Boris Groys is one of the most respected critics in the world art community. His recent book, The Politics of Poetics, is…

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The value of “Hunter’s notes” in Russian literature

The artistic significance of Turgenev’s Hunter’s Notes is very great: there are many beautiful descriptions of the “endless” nature of the middle part of Russia – the nature whose beauty was first appreciated by Pushkin — a long series of types that are characteristic, purely folk, well-worn Russian life, and , at the same time, often marked by the features of “universal”. In the descriptions of nature, Turgenev was able to identify the most diverse moods, because the content of the story, usually, he responds and mood, the nature of the landscape, against which one or the other, a scene from human life.

The social significance of the “Notes” is no less great than the artistic one — in these living, truthful essays on the life of the Russian common people, contemporaries saw an eloquent call for the emancipation of the peasants. In this understanding of this work, his great political significance: they say, Emperor Alexander II himself told Turgenev that, after reading his “Notes”, he finally decided to free the peasants. Thus, the calm artistry, which deprived Turgenev’s “Notes” of journalistic passion and enthusiasm, only strengthened the impression that Russian life in this wonderful work appeared to be a deep, sad truth.

But, besides, “Notes” are also of great importance psychologically. Before us is a series of expert psychological analyzes in a field that, before Turgenev (and Grigorovich), was not interesting to anyone. Turgenev was one of the first to look deeply into the soul of a simple Russian person with sympathy, and there he found much instructive and interesting.

“Notes” are equally relevant to the Pushkin and Gogol schools. Pushkin borrowed from Turgenev an interest in Russian nature and Russian life, borrowed a calm-loving attitude to the whole world and the ability to paint life in all its manifestations widely and freely. But, on the other hand, the “Notes” strongly resemble both “Dead Souls”, and “Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka”, and “Mirgorod”. All these are produced valuable in everyday meaning, – all of them pursue the goal of depicting one or the other side of Russian life. Only Turgenev turned out to have more consciousness in assessing this life than Gogol, who had completely looked at “serfdom”.

"The Tale" by Abraham Palitsyna
The famous figure of the Time of Troubles, Avraham Palitsyn, described the circumstances of protection from the Polish troops of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra and his personal exploits in a work…

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Bitter "Chelkash"
The hero of Maxim Gorky’s story “Chelkash” is Grishka Chelkash, an old wounded man, an avid drinker and a clever, courageous thief and smuggler in one of the southern Black…

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