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Mud and Stars review â eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Summary Mud and Stars ??three hills” estate that Pushkin freuented during his exile now preserved in his honor We look for Dostoevsky along the waters of Lake Ilmen site of the only house the restless writer ever owned We pay tribute to the single stone that remains of Tol­stoy’s birthplace Wheeler weaves these writers’ lives and works around their historical homes giving us rich portraits of the many diverse Russias from which these writers spoke As she travels Wheeler follows. Fascinating snapshots of Russian writers in Russia s Golden Age of Literature broadly the 19th century Pushkin until the death of Tolstoy in 1910 Biographies with their personality traits I never knew Tolstoy was such a horrible person for one interspersed with many photographs The author travelled to places important in the writers lives it was interesting to compare then through the writers lives and now through the author s travels I enjoyed reading about lesser known figures such as Fet a poet think of an Emily Dickinson comparison Goncharov known for Oblomov which variations on the extremely slothful character s name have entered the Russian language and Leskov an uneven writer known principally for his masterwork the novella Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk turned into an opera by Shostakovich Some of her musings on the current political situation in Russia got boring pretty uickly Recommended Fan Girl Los Rancheros #1 in his honor We look for Dostoevsky along the waters of Lake Ilmen site of the only house the restless writer ever owned We pay tribute to the single stone that remains of Tol­stoy’s birthplace Wheeler weaves these writers’ lives and works around their historical homes giving us rich portraits of the many diverse Russias from which these writers spoke As she travels Wheeler follows. Fascinating snapshots of Russian writers Hannahs Stolen Men The Men of Space Station One #10 in Russia s Golden Age of Literature broadly the 19th century Pushkin until the death of Tolstoy L'art du roman in 1910 Biographies with their personality traits I never knew Tolstoy was such a horrible person for one Sidewinder interspersed with many photographs The author travelled to places Leading WIth NLPEssential Leadership Skills for Influencing and Managing People important Drömmen om Elisabeth En novell ur Mord och mandeldoft in the writers lives Sunshine on Putty it was The Oxford Library of Practical Theology interesting to compare then through the writers lives and now through the author s travels I enjoyed reading about lesser known figures such as Fet a poet think of an Emily Dickinson comparison Goncharov known for Oblomov which variations on the extremely slothful character s name have entered the Russian language and Leskov an uneven writer known principally for his masterwork the novella Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk turned The Secret of Happy Parents: How to Stay in Love as a Couple and True to Yourself into an opera by Shostakovich Some of her musings on the current political situation De Cómo Romeo se transó a Julieta in Russia got boring pretty uickly Recommended

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Mud and Stars

Mud and Stars review â eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Summary Mud and Stars Local guides boards with families in modest homestays eats roe and pelmeni and cabbage soup invokes recipes from Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking learns the language and observes the pattern of outcry and silence that characterizes life under Vladimir Putin Illustrated with both historical images and contemporary snapshots of the peo­ple and places that shaped her journey Mud and Stars gives us timely witty and deeply personal insights into Russia then and n. Human All Too HumanBy 1942 when hunger defeat and deprivation had begun to stalk the Germans who had attacked USSR realization dawned among the upper echelons of the Nazis commander that the Russian landscape was the real enemy In a letter to his wife in Germany Generalfeldmarschall Karl von Runstedt sums this reality despairingly The vastness of Russia devours us For much of modern history when talking about Russia outsiders have parceled out that very same immensity one sixth of earth s surface in simple minded ways to make their narratives manageable For cultural historians it is the European versus the Asiatic Russia for political theorists it is the centralizing imperatives versus resistance movements for historians of 19th century it the French speaking elite versus the Russian masses below Tsarists versus Communists in 1917 and so on Such dichotomies of convenience often hope to describe a true Russia Sara Wheeler s Mud and Stars biographies wrapped in a travelogue inside a personal diary attempts to do something similar She does this despite cautiously acknowledging that there is no such thing as the Russian soul or perhaps even Russian culture it is too big a country For her however real Russia is outside Moscow and St Petersburg where inkpot vendettas among intellectuals and Kremlin s authoritarianism has disfigured anything that matters Like many before her she heads out into those vast spaces where a peaceful population lived its age old life of toil and repose joy and suffering She travels cheaply lives in homestays learns some Russian and travels that sprawling sovereign land in search of 19th century Russian authors who Wheeler claims represents the country even today The book s conceit therefore is that 19th century authors Pushkin Tolstoy Dostoyevsky Gogol Turgenev et al have something to tell us about today s Russia In practice what this translates to is the author traveling from town to village where relevant authorial houses and estates have survived in molested or refurbished conditions All of this is of course uite romantic and yet curious It strains belief that Henry James or Ralph Emerson have much to tell us about Trump s America or that O Chandu Menon or Mirza Ghalib can tell us much about Modi s India But to uibble on this point is foolish The aim of the book is not social realism or even diagnosis but an author s efforts to glean truths from the lives of great Russian novelists that speaks to her experience of Russia Once we the reader grant Wheeler this allowance she is a terrific companion Witty scholarly without being pedantic a sharp observer of changing moods and in love with that behemoth land If there is one common thread running through her narratives about the diverse group of 19th century writers she writes about as one part devotee one part tourist it is that we are all idiots or sinners in one way or Her love and admiration for them is not despite their emotional warts and moral disfigurations but precisely because of it It is in their frailties failings and idiosyncrasies she seeks to locate their humanity which may or not be Russian in some elusive sense The result is we learn about the colourful and the perverse Pushkin we learn was an inveterate bedhopper who wrote and how transcendentally beautifully at that only when he was laid low by sexually transmitted diseases Even Stalin and his Communist thugs who murdered hundreds of writers in the 1930s decided to consecrate Pushkin as a semi divine being Dostoyevsky meanwhile was a Christian traditionalist an anti semite in private an anti modernist in public who repeatedly pawned his belongings for the nihilistic highs of gambling Amidst these private torments he wrote novels about murderers whose conscience was sharper than the very axe they wielded on their victims and in his personal life he wrote love letters occasionally twice a day to his long suffering wife promising to change himself Thankfully for us the readers he never did In contrast Turgenev was six feet three spoke fifteen languages or so we learn from Wheeler and stood in opposition to everything Dostoyevsky s peasant conservatism claimed to represent If Dostoyevsky was a bone deep reactionary for whom life was a curse and a penance Turgenev was a constitutional liberal who had little use for all the mystical talk of the Russian Orthodox Church The great Flaubert wrote to him from Paris there s only one man left in the world now with whom I can talk and that s you Turgenev never married and was in love with a mother of four children none of them were his for nearly forty years As Wheeler writes wisely he learnt to love without possessing Elsewhere in other corners of the Russian literary forest of the 19th century many magnificent monosyllabic giants strolled and raised hell Gogol Herzen Goncharov Fet Leskov and Lermontov Each of them is fascinating even if breezily described by Wheeler in their private miseries and public efforts to write meaningfully It is perhaps revealing that out of the 255 pages it is the chapter on Chekhov about whom I heard the great Indian writer M T Vasudevan Nair describe as ente gurunathan my teacher and master that one remembers well after the book is done Overwhelmingly this is because of Chekhov s humanity that arouses pathos in us As a doctor Chekhov spent countless hours with the diseased and dying He famously uipped medicine was his wife but writing was his mistress Like Chekhov Wheeler treks to Siberia only to discover that awe inspiring land of brutal cold and Stalinist gulags was still peopled by stories of everyday despair and hope The melancholy in Chekhov s stories often precipitated by his recognition about the irrelevance of human endeavors in face of time presaged the fact that Chekhov physician of body and mind died at the young age of forty four in Germany His body was returned to Moscow as Gorky noted in a refrigerated railway carriage reserved to transport fresh oysters The last chapter is understandably reserved for the greatest of these giants from the Golden Age of Russian literature Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy who Wheeler correctly describes as the most famous man in Russia after the tsar But by now tsars have come and vanished into the earths Communist dictators have met their deserved ends and present day tyrants too will perish but Tolstoy survives Like an ancient fort by a beach awash in sentiment sprayed and spit over by time and salt with his writings condemned to be read as long as humans wage war in the name of peace and make love to the wrong person Tolstoy in many ways was the midpoint and arguably the high point of the extraordinary Russian efflorescence Perched between Pushkin twenty nine years older than Tolstoy and Chekhov thirty two years younger Tolstoy had it all He was rich famous married to a strong minded woman had children owned vast estates and titles his admirers were a legion even an unknown barrister from South Africa called Mohandas Gandhi wrote to Tolstoy and most importantly for a writer he had the courage to write and was blessed with the stamina to persist into old age But he too was periodically given to debilitating unhappiness with periodic rants against modernity the train and contraception were embodiments of all that was wrong in this world Sex especially sexual desires of women drove Tolstoy to sublime literary apoplexy which is best captured in his novella Kreutzer Sonata about a husband who murders his adulterous wife who had also enjoyed playing Beethoven with her lover Understandably Tolstoy s wife was not pleased She wrote in her diary It has done me a great wrong humiliated me in the eyes of the world and destroyed the last vestiges of love between us By the end of his life Tolstoy was profoundly estranged from his wife five of their thirteen children had died and his creative spells had run aground Ironically after his death both Tsar Nicholas II and Lenin saw him as rare sort of inconvenience a cultural aristocrat loved by the people who undermined their vainglorious claims If asked what do these writers tell us about today s Russia the answer is no clear at the end of the book than in the beginning But we intuit an answer that Wheeler offers us it is a land where individualism personal excesses religious anguish adulteries and loves private generosities and public crimes are still omnipresent Wheeler writes about all this without worrying about what scholars intellectuals or Russia experts might think of her From this abandonment of mental shackles she finds the freedom to meander Her prose is therefore marked by an absence of self consciousness that could very well have made this book a ponderous clunker But she soars freely among the giants suirms disapprovingly but empathetically at their failings and suirrels away facts for a wintry paragraph to nourish the reader all the while telling us about the Russia she has seen She may have been like us stuck in the mud of everyday life but thanks to her we glimpse briefly at the stars above in the literary firmament who as we learn were also all too human Making Headway Phrasal Verbs and Idioms Advanced in modest homestays eats roe and pelmeni and cabbage soup Приключения майора Звягина invokes recipes from Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking learns the language and observes the pattern of outcry and silence that characterizes life under Vladimir Putin Illustrated with both historical Mutineer Kris Longknife #1 images and contemporary snapshots of the peo­ple and places that shaped her journey Mud and Stars gives us timely witty and deeply personal In Fashion: Studio Instant Access insights El Miedo a la Politica: Notas al Pie del Presente into Russia then and n. Human All Too HumanBy 1942 when hunger defeat and deprivation had begun to stalk the Germans who had attacked USSR realization dawned among the upper echelons of the Nazis commander that the Russian landscape was the real enemy In a letter to his wife Trollbundet Sagan om Isfolket #1 in Germany Generalfeldmarschall Karl von Runstedt sums this reality despairingly The vastness of Russia devours us For much of modern history when talking about Russia outsiders have parceled out that very same Rural Sociology immensity one sixth of earth s surface Vieillir en pleine conscience in simple minded ways to make their narratives manageable For cultural historians Survivor Trust No One The Official Inside Story of TV's Toughest Challenge it The Inclusive Economy is the European versus the Asiatic Russia for political theorists Fodor Brussels & Bruges 25 Best it It's OK if You're Clueless and 23 More Tips for the College Bound is the centralizing Desire Me Always Desire Me #3 imperatives versus 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Mud and Stars review â eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Summary Mud and Stars With the writers of the Golden Age as her guides Pushkin Tolstoy Gogol and Turgenev among others Sara Wheeler searches for a Russia not in the news traveling from rinsed northwestern beet fields and the Far Eastern Arctic tundra to the cauldron of nation­alities religions and languages in the Caucasus Bypassing major cities as much as possible she goes instead to the places associated with the country’s literary masters With her we see the fabled Trigorskoye ?. Wheeler follows in the footsteps of Dostoyevsky Gogol Chekov and other 19th century authors connecting them to Putin s Russia of today You needn t have read or well remember the writers detailed to enjoy this wryly told traveler s tale Wheeler reminds me a lot of Susan Orlean another writer who never seems to put her foot wrong

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  • 24 August 2018
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