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Natasha's Dance by Orlando Figes
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May 11, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: russia, history, owned
Read in July, 2008


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message 1: by Conrad (last edited May 11, 2008 02:15PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Conrad I envy the Russians for the daring, breadth, and originality of their literary and intellectual production bookended by Pushkin on one side and the revolutionary generation of poets like Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, Yesenin, Blok, and Pasternak on the other. We Americans truly had no equivalents during this era, even though - like the Russians - we suffered (and continue to suffer) from a persistant lack of truly autochthonous social and artistic movements.

This promises to be just as anecdotal and entertaining as Figes's doorstop A People's Tragedy, which focused on the painfully slow death of the Tsarist regime and the rise of the Bolsheviks. I can't wait to read it.

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