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In this sweeping tale of history, one of America's leading Russian historians examines Russia's rich artistic legacy through the prism of its social and political history, synthesizing accounts of music, painting, architecture, literature, iconography, ballet, and cinema. Gorgeously illustrated and exhaustively researched, Between Heaven and Hell brims with the silent mysteries of Byzantine Christianity, the dazzling Imperial splendor of the czars, and the poignant return of brutalized exiles to their homeland.
Assessing the creative struggles and triumphs of such figures as Pushkin, Tolstoy, Tchaikovsky, Pavlova, Chagall, Pasternak, Eisenstein, Diagilev, Solzhenitzyn, and Brodsky, Lincoln shows how the collision of social contradictions, imported art forms, and creative genius gave birth to the quintessential Russian experience.
"An indispensable introduction to Russian history." --The Washington Post
"[Lincoln] has managed to compress the story of a millennium of artistic achievement into a single, highly readable book that is exemplary for its coherent organization." --The Boston Globe
"Breathtaking . . . Highly recommended." --Library Journal
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"Bruce Lincoln took upon himself a daunting task -- and he has accomplished it with elegance and panache. I do not know any other word that so happily combines such an astounding survey of all art forms in Russia with a clear exposition (based on genuine understanding" of the historical context. There is no such single volume in any Western language or even in Russia. It wil be a valuable resource -- and is a pleasure to read." --Bakmetief Professor Emeritus, Columbia University