Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia / Edition 1
  • Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia / Edition 1
  • Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia / Edition 1

Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia / Edition 1

by Orlando Figes
     
 

Beginning in the eighteenth century with the building of St. Petersburg and culminating with the Soviet regime, Figes examines how writers, artists, and musicians grappled with the idea of Russia itself--its character, spiritual essence, and destiny. Skillfully interweaving the great works--by Dostoevsky, Stravinsky, and Chagall--with folk embroidery, peasant songs

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Beginning in the eighteenth century with the building of St. Petersburg and culminating with the Soviet regime, Figes examines how writers, artists, and musicians grappled with the idea of Russia itself--its character, spiritual essence, and destiny. Skillfully interweaving the great works--by Dostoevsky, Stravinsky, and Chagall--with folk embroidery, peasant songs, religious icons, and all the customs of daily life, Figes reveals the spirit of "Russianness" as rich and uplifting, complex and contradictory--and more lasting than any Russian ruler or state.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312421953
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
768
Sales rank:
190,893
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.08(h) x 1.36(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Photographic Acknowledgements
Notes on the Maps and Text
Maps
Introduction
1European Russia1
2Children of 181269
3Moscow! Moscow!114
4The Peasant Marriage217
5In Search of the Russian Soul289
6Descendants of Genghiz Khan355
7Russia Through the Soviet Lens431
8Russia Abroad523
Notes587
Glossary643
Table of Chronology646
Acknowledgements657
A Guide to Further Reading661
Index691

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