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Natasha's Dance A Cultural History of Russia review í 103 Ê [Reading] ➺ Natasha's Dance A Cultural History of Russia By Orlando Figes – Helpyouantib.co.uk From the award winning author of The Whisperers Orlando Figes Natasha's Dance A Cultural History of Russia is a dazzling history of Russia's mighty cultureOrTburos libertines filmmakers novelists composers poets tsars and tyrants superb flamboyant and masterful'  Simon Sebag Montefiore Financial Times'Awe inspiring Dance A Cultural eBook #10003 Natasha's Dance has all the ualities of an epic tragedy'   Mail on Sunday'It is so much fun to read that I hesitate to write too much for fear of spoiling the pleasures and Dance A Cultural History of PDF or surprises of the book'   Sunday Telegraph'Magnificent Figes is at his exciting best'   Guardian'Breathtaking The title of this masterly Dance A Cultural History of PDF or history comes. This book is much better than the sum of its parts For the period from roughly 1760 to 1960 it contains histories of Russian literature painting ballet and classical music There are weaknesses in all four areas but together they make a compelling narrative According to Figes Russia indeed has a soul at least from the perspective of high art The great tragedy of the communist political experiment was that it destroyed the cultural traditions in these areas drove the artists into ignominious graves Tales of the gulags provoke rage This elegiac work invokes delightful melancholyJust beware this work was written for me It might not work as well as for you I attended my first symphonic performance in 1964 The main item on the program was Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition which Figes analyzes at some depth in this book Since then my serendipitous voyage as a cultural dilettante has featured many encounters with Russian works I was a subscriber to the local opera company for a 20 year period during which they staged at least one Russian work per year Similarly the local ballet company is highly committed to the Russian repertory Finally I have own a copy of Sergei Bondarchuk's epic movie version of War and Peace which features the stunning dance by Natasha Like most Goodreads members of my age I have sampled Tolstoy Dostoevsky and Gorky Paintings by Chagall and Kandinsky can be found in most major North American art galleries If over the years chance has not brought you into touch with Russian works in literature painting ballet and opera Natasha's Dance will be extremely tedious in places

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From War and Peace when the aristocratic heroine Natasha Rostova finds herself intuitively picking up the rhythm of a peasant dance One of those books that at times makes you wonder how you have so far managed to do without it'   Independent on Sunday'Thrilling dizzying I would defy any reader not to be captivated'   Literary ReviewOrlando Figes is Professor of History at Birkbeck College University of London He is the author of Peasant Russia Civil War A People's Tragedy Natasha's Dance The Whisperers and Just Send Me Word His books have been translated into over twenty languag. I've been reading this book on and off for years often re reading the same passages since if you study just about anything related to Russia you can use this book in a paper It's an awesome book and it should be obligatory reading in any Russian class I love the way in which it is written which shows immense skill and planning on behalf of Figes Authors or composers are not just presented in the manner birth life death but interwoven in a specific time frame Each chapter jumps back and forth between a number of highly important characters placing them in their cultural and historical setting with great insight This is the kind of book you can read just for fun It's very easy to read the language is not particularly academic or heavy and there are no boring parts It is however uite long ;

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Natasha's Dance A Cultural History of RussiaFrom the award A Cultural Epub #221 winning author of The Whisperers Orlando Figes Natasha's Dance A Cultural History of Russia is a dazzling history of Russia's mighty cultureOrlando Figes' enthralling richly evocative history has been heralded as a literary masterpiece on Russia the lives of those who have shaped its culture and the Natasha's Dance PDF or enduring spirit of a people'Wonderfully rich magnificent and compelling a delight to read'  Antony Beevor'A tour de force by the great storyteller of modern Russian historians Figes mobilizes a cast of serf harems dynasties poli. I'm tempted to say that this is a great book because like Russian art it has a soul but that sounds presumptuous since I've not an expert on any Russian art and I've never been to Russia But I've been a fan of Russian literature especially the great novels of the 19th century and of Russian music and particularly of the Russian ballet and its offshoots in the West The book starts with an episode from War and Peace in which Natasha and her brother visit an retired army officer their uncle who lives in a cabin on the edge of the estate During the visit Natasha unconsciously begins dancing to a peasant melody The point is that she has the soul of the Russian people in her heart and even though she's the daughter of an aristocratic count she understands the culture of the Russian peasants The book ends with an eually emotional scene the return of Stravinsky to Russia in 1962 during the Khrushchev thaw I remember that scene from US television coverage Stravinsky arriving at the airport and also at a performance of The Rite of Spring at the Marisky Theatre in what was then Leningrad Both episodes represent a deep seated emotional attachment to the land something that seems to pervade every Russian art and which some of us like me find both fantastic and strangely appealing The intervening review of Russian literature painting and other visual arts architecture music opera ballet film even science fiction in the period from the 18th century to the present is discussed or less chronologically but significantly set in the context of Russian history including the war with Napoleon the cultural conflict between Moscow and Petersburg the influence of the church and of the peasants the affect of the Mongol invasion as well as Russian's colonization of Asian lands and finally of the Soviet period and the influence of Russian émigrés in the west The organization was sort of like music a theme and elaboration with repetitions so the reader doesn't get lost I found it confusing at first but then found I enjoyed it