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Classics of Russian Literature by Irwin Weil

Classics of Russian Literature - Irwin Weil


Slavic history shows us many characters of which more than a few were an onion short of a cathedral, so what's not to love here. Irwin Weil loves his subject, lives it with a passion, and has a fair singing voice too.

Lecture 6 really did it for me: Pushkin proclaimed at an early age that he, in his present day, was the embodiment of genius that visited Mozart. Pushkin's work on Mozart is the basis for Schaffer's 'Amadeus'.

Lecture 1: Origins of Russian Literature
Lecture 2: The Church and the Folk in Old Kiev
Lecture 3: Alexsandr Sergeevich Pushkin 1799-1837
Lecture 4: Exile, Rustic seclusion and Onegin
Lecture 5: December's Uprising and Two Poets Meet
Lecture 6: A Poet Contrasts Talent and Mediocrity
Lecture 7: St. Petersburg Glorified and Death Embraced
Lecture 8: Nikolai Vasil'evitch Gogol 1809-1852
Lecture 9: Russian Grotesque - Overcoats to Dead Souls
Lecture 10: Fedor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky 1821-1881
Lecture 11: Near mortality, Prison, and an Underground
Lecture 12: Second wife, and a Great New Novel begins
Lecture 13: Inside the Troubled Mind of a Criminal
Lecture 14: The Generation of the Karamazovs
Lecture 15: The Novelistic Presence of Christ and Satan
Lecture 16: Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)
Lecture 17: A Tale of Two Cities and a Country Home
Lecture 18: Family Life Meets Military Life with War and Peace
Lecture 19: Vengeance is Mine, Saith the Lord: Anna Karenina
Lecture 20: Family life makes a comeback
Lecture 21: Tolstoy the Preacher
Lecture 22: Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev 1818 - 1883
Lecture 23: The stresses between two generations
Lecture 24: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov 1860-1904
Lecture 25: M Gorky (Aleksei M Peshkov) 1868-1936
Lecture 26: Literature and Revolution
Lecture 27: The Tribune Vladimir Maiakovsky 1893-1930
Lecture 28: The Revolution makes a U turn
Lecture 29: Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov 1905-1984
Lecture 30: Revolutions and Civil War
Lecture 31: Mikhail Mikhailovich Zoshchenko 1894-1958
Lecture 32: Among the Godless
Lecture 33: Pasternak 1890-1960
Lecture 34: The Poet in and Beyond Society
Lecture 35: Solzhenitsyn 1918-2008
Lecture 36: The Many Colours of Russian Literature

MY PHOTO: Pushkin

Peter the Great killed his son and built on a swamp...

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CR White Mughals
5* A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts
3* Rome and the Barbarians
4* Field Notes From A Hidden City
3* The King's Jews: Money, Massacre and Exodus in Medieval England
CR A History of Palestine 634-1099
3* Charlotte Brontë: A Life
3* The Alhambra
5* A Long Walk in the Himalaya: A Trek from the Ganges to Kashmir
3* Buddhist Warfare
4* A Gathering of Spoons
AB A Brief History of Roman Britain - Conquest and Civilization
4* Victorian Glassworlds: Glass Culture and the Imagination, 1830-1880
3* Food Safari
4* She-Wolves
3* India: A Portrait
2* The Archaeology of Ancient Sicily
5* Classics of Russian Literature
CR The Battle of Salamis


4* History of Science 1700 - 1900
5* A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts
TR Secrets of Sleep
TR Turning Points in Modern History
TR Apocalypse
4* Myth in Human History
3* A History of Russia
TR Classic Novels
5* London
4* Re-thinking Our Past
4* The Vikings
OH Lost Worlds of South America
3* Rome and the Barbarians
TR Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon
OH History of Science: Antiquity to 1700
TR Albert Einstein: Physicist, Philosopher, Humanitarian
TR Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche
5* From Monet To Van Gogh: A History Of Impressionism
5* History of the English language
TR The Late Middle Ages
3* Great American Music: Boadway Musicals
5* Classics of Russian Literature