Wednesday, March 7, 2012

GOGOL, CHEKHOV & DOSTOYEVSKY ON THE POST-SOVIET WORLD


At a campaign event at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Mr. Prokhorov (the now-defeated Presidential hopeful) said that “classical Russian literature is the main moral pillar” of Russian society.

It is probably this statement that moved Thomas De Waal to write a very thoughtful piece for Foreign Policy that looks at three of the greatest works of Russian literature and maps them onto the contemporary histories of Russia, Ukraine and Georgia. De Waal's argument is that Gogol, Chekhov and Dosteyvsky have more to teach us about "[these countries'] lurches from one crisis to another, weird hybrid political systems, unstable stability" than most Western Post-Soviet analysts.

Literature vs. social science, anyone?
Truth vs. fact?

What do you think?

Source: IMAGE

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1 comment:

  1. I wish there was plenty of comments on a topic like this... I wish to be a simple observer, to be a reader of the human mind, to see that mother nature is not just throwing dices in futile attempt to make all of its creations equal in brilliance... And I finish being a lone writer. Literature vs. social science? Ah, but the literature has already lost the battle. Just compare the popularity of your two blogs. Science is the main discourse these days. Oddly, it makes me sick... Maybe in our new age, when people care more about writing than reading, it's hard to filter the right thing out of all spam. If there is such thing as right at all.

    Sorry for the offtopic, by the way. Great theme we have here. I wonder how the russian literature would look like if written in english. I guess it will make all the difference. I've already said many times that the soul is not something to analyse easily without distorting the truth.

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