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41147 Finished Notes from Underground and The Double. Now starting Dostoevsky's Demons/The Devils/The Possessed.
Dec 28, 2015 06:38AM

41147 Joseph wrote: "I have seen it and I can say that it is disturbingly awesome. The dark tone it carries is perfectly transmitted from the book. The acting is great, both from Jesse and Mia. And the story is as inte..."

Where can we find the new Notes from the New World production?
Sep 23, 2015 10:01AM

41147 There is a new 4-part miniseries based on Doestoevsky's Demons.. It seems good but since I haven't read the book a bit tricky to follow. Has anyone seen it who has also read the book?
41147 @Niklas - Really? How disappointing. I was planning to read The Double after finishing a re-read of Notes from Underground. I was wondering why the description seemed almost familiar...Maybe because I read The Nose about 10 years ago.
Aug 13, 2015 07:50PM

41147 By the way, I watched this lecture by Robert Bird on Boris Pasternak's poetry. Even though I didn't understand all of it I definitely appreciated some of the prose and poetry of Dr. Zhivago in a greater way after watching it:
Aug 13, 2015 07:39PM

41147 Speaking of choices, this book was partially interesting because I went into it with a bad taste in my mouth-- from watching the movie I felt like it was going to glorify his infatuation and affair with a woman who was not his wife, and then we were supposed to understand that the circumstances of war and separation excused those behaviors.

By the end I know Zhivago was still the hero but was portrayed as faulted and human. I liked how the poems at the end bring in Mary Magdalene's story into the situation. At first I thought perhaps she was supposed to refer to Lara and Christ was supposed to refer to Zhivago but I doubt it was as direct as that in Pasternak's ideas. It probably had to do more with the cultural movements of that time as a whole.
Aug 13, 2015 07:30PM

41147 I would like to see The Idiot-- I guess as a mini-series. I know there is a version out there I have yet to find and watch.

Has anyone seen the new film "The Double" starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska?
Mar 18, 2014 12:21PM

41147 Alexandra-- I was actually trying to comment on the speech to Yuri's aunt that he gives about the topic of social connectedness.
In the socio-cultural theory of development which emerged in Russia the 1920s or so, learning and meaning emerge through observable social interaction within a person's historical time and place. I think it relates to the materialist theory that was prominent in that era. :)
Feb 28, 2014 08:03AM

41147 Rachel wrote: "Aww, yes, that's what I meant. If Pasternak tended to go past the 2-3 name norm or it's the translation, but it's the translation.

I did want to draw attention to Yura's speech to Anna Ivanovna o..."

I am sure others here can say more about this, but I this reminds me of other aspects of social psychology developed in Russia at that time under the Soviet interpretation of materialism. In Vygotsky's view of the development of language, sound only has meaning the moment the mother responds to the child's cry, and dialogue is what first must give meaning to a person's thoughts and identity. I am sure I am expressing this crudely, but I was reminded exactly of this when I read Yura's explanation of individuals finding meaning in each other.
Aug 24, 2013 11:28AM

41147 I am interested in joining the group read for Dr. Zhivago... Does anyone want to make a recommendation on a specific translation/edition for this? I have gone with P&V for a few novels in the past.
May 24, 2013 10:45AM

41147 There is a good series made of Brothers Karamazov (2009). I ordered it through Amazon a couple of years ago but lost it in a move before I got a chance to finish it.

I really want The Idiot, too!
41147 It's been a couple of years since I read this, but I got the sense that Smerdyakov wanted to be accepted by Ivan -- he felt he understood Ivan's rationalism and that they shared a higher type of knowledge and morality above that of the common man. I thought Smerdyakov finally felt like an insider, or at least that he had a friend with the same temperament and thinking. Ivan found this insulting and distanced himself from this idea. The rejection after Smerdyakov carried out Ivan's amoral perspective was crushingly disillusioning.
I do see the point that Smerdyakov thought taking his life might be some kind of statement, too. That nothing matters?

Both Dostoevsky's and Tolstoy's portrayals of women is interesting. There are often these "fallen angels." Christs and Magdalenes, I guess.
May 23, 2013 04:11PM

41147 Supposedly Doestoevsky's father was a drunkard and had a penchant for deflowering the village virgins. His manner of death is quite violent and purposeful.
41147 The new version is something to experience. I liked the theatrical sets used in some of the scenes.

I want to see some of the other versions, too, though. I think there is a place for many interpretations and inspirations based off the book.
May 22, 2013 08:27PM

41147 Have we done Anna Karenina as a group read? I am not necessarily requesting it, but I do like to go back and check out discussions and maybe add to them later. I read the book almost two years ago now, but with the movie out I am thinking about it more.
Aug 08, 2011 06:58PM

41147 Sonia wrote: "Robin wrote: "Anna Karenina is my favorite, Have not read War and Peace, yet."

I think Anna Karenina is the perfect novel. Every time you read it, you come away with a different story. Actually An..."

I never knew Anna Karenina was based on Tolstoy's sister-in-law. It's very interesting to pick up some parallels with his life.
I do feel like he has an incisive view of every day human relationships.
I love Dostoevsky for his view of very extreme humans and their relationships!
Jul 02, 2011 02:40PM

41147 I just wanted to say hello to everyone and express how happy I am that this group seems to have grown so much in the last few months since I've been 'away.'. I thought I would be having more time to keep up with the group reading, but my schedule changed drastically (started taking grad classes again) and so I'm still working on Anna Karenina in short spurts! I will look forward to reading the group discussion threads for Master and Margarita eventually! Anyway, I love seeing all the great personalities and ideas in this group! Happy reading, everyone!
Apr 29, 2011 10:42AM

41147 The Idiot is probably my favorite Russian novel, with The Brothers K close behind.
Apr 28, 2011 06:19PM

41147 Has anyone seen this adaptation of The Brothers K?

I am seriously considering purchasing it on Amazon. Hopefully I'll get the right DVD.for my (USA) player; the film is a Russian production.

I saw some clips on Youtube and it looked very good! I like the idea of a miniseries for a novel of this length and complexity.
Apr 22, 2011 02:34PM

41147 Patrice... Thanks for the news about Sofia's diaries-- I was posting in the Anna Karenina thread about how the story in Anna K gave me hope that Tolstoy and his wife had an especially lovely relationship early on (compared to the tumultuous stage depicted in The Last Station).
Anyway, I now have something to add to my Christmas/birthday wish list for books! :)
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