I have to admit, I really know very little about Russia. It still seems like a country shrouded in mystery to one who lives in the west.
I know much more about Chinese culture and art, and I certainly feel knowledgeable about Japan and Japanese culture. Even in the Dover library
there is little in the way of books about Russian life or history, or even art. But there is a wealth of literature by Russian authors, and of course, musical scores.
Some of the most phenomenal dancers, performing artists, and composers have hailed from Russia. And of course, I have a passion for Russian
literature, which is the main reason I wanted to do a Russian index; to bring together all the books by Russian authors I have reviewed to make them easier to find and explore.
Many of these writers have, or will have, their own index page, and that will also be linked here.
I think perhaps what draws me to Russian literature is its emotional intensity. Dostoyevsky and Gorky wrote with painful realism about the horrors of poverty and the struggle to survive; the bleakness, drowning one's sorrows in drink, loneliness and violence. Pushkin and Gogol poked fun at the government, sometimes with unpleasant results. It is through the vivid literary pictures painted by these masters that I have formed my perceptions of the history of the country and its people, although I hesitate to make any judgment on their situation now, apart from what the media tries to sell us. I wish the Russian people well, and am grateful to them for their contributions of such artistic treasures.
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