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Chistyakov will not meet with Umar Nurmagomedov due to health problems Mohammed: I want a rematch fight with Chudinov The doctor said about the inevitability of deaths in MMA Indeed, the novel is teeming with at least two dozen main characters and scores of secondary ones. In a passionate soliloquy delivered by one of his characters, Grossman extols Chekhov as the "first democrat" among Russian writers for his "millions of characters" and his attention to each of them.
They were unique human beings lyudi to Chekhov, Grossman continues, every one of them: lyudi first — and only then "priests, Russians, shopkeepers, Tatars, workers. Sometimes, he continues, instead of a means for strengthening a human community, "race, party, and state" become the end. The sole, true, and eternal objective of the struggle for life is a human being, his humble particularity, his right to this particularity.
There was no doctrine, Grossman believed, to which this freedom and dignity could be sacrificed:. I saw the unflinching force of the idea of public good, born in my country. I saw it first in the universal collectivization. I saw it in [the Great Purge of] I saw how, in the name of an ideal as beautiful and humane as that of Christianity, people were annihilated.
I have seen villages dying of starvation; I have seen peasant children dying in Siberian snow; I have seen trains carrying to Siberia hundreds and thousands of men and women from Moscow and Leningrad, from all the cities of Russia — men and women declared enemies of the great and bright idea of public good.
This idea was beautiful and great, and it has mercilessly killed some, disfigured the lives of others; it has torn wives from husbands and children from fathers. We crushed it.
Yet to Grossman the spirit of freedom was inextinguishable. A Red Star correspondent from the first to the last day of the Stalingrad battle, Grossman witnessed the "miracle of Stalingrad" during which the Red Army, its regiments sometimes reduced to "dozens of soldiers," its positions incessantly bombed and shelled, beat back Nazi troops and tanks. For many, perhaps most, Soviet soldiers, from whom Grossman drew his characters, the freedom for which they fought and died was not freedom only from Nazi slavery, but also from Stalinism.
Major Yershov, whose entire family was exiled and died somewhere in the northern swamps, fights "for a free Russian life. Away from the battlefields, the spirit of freedom moved men and women to brave informers seemingly behind every wall and around every corner, to defy the executioners of SMERSH the "Death to the Spies" counterintelligence service , to risk arrest and the torments of the Gulag for a word of truth, thrown in the face of the "fear that prevented humans from being human.
Ah, dear comrades, can you imagine what this is, freedom of the press?
When instead of the letters of laborers to the great Stalin, or the information about the workers of the United States entering a new year in an atmosphere of despondence and poverty — when instead of all of this, you know what you find? Can you imagine such a newspaper?
A newspaper that brings information? It is here that the borderline runs: between freedom and slavery, between dead matter and life. The entire evolution of live matter is the movement from a lower degree of freedom to a higher. The "degree of freedom" diminishes catastrophically for Shtrum, a Jew, when he is denounced for preferring the "bourgeois" physics of Albert Einstein to the "national Soviet science. His colleagues and friends cross the street to avoid greeting him. He expects, any second, the proverbial knock at the door heralding his arrest.
Yet, along with fear, Shtrum is also filled with an unknown thrill: the freedom to resist.
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The terror that permeated the lives of every Soviet citizen, the awareness of his own "pitiful powerlessness" before the boundless and "lethal" power of the state and its "all-annihilating wrath," all seem to have receded. In his exhilarating liberation, Shtrum is no longer afraid to say what he thinks. We was only published in Russia in the s. It is a very important book, but it is also a fascinating read.
If you wish to see what life in the late Soviet Union must have been like, Moscow to the End of the Line is the resource to turn to. He spends the rest of his money on more alcohol, gets on the train and discusses the life in the Soviet Union with his fellow passengers.
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Anton Chekhov is one of the most important writers of Russian literature. He was also one of the most prolific — his short stories constitute one of the most important elements of his bibliography.
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They are also a wonderful depiction of 19th-century Russia. Boris Akunin is a contemporary Russian author who writes excellent crime stories set in 19th-century Moscow. The stories follow the investigations of Erast Fandorin, a young and somewhat naive police conscript who goes on to become a somewhat cynical yet recognised detective. The Winter Queen is the first of the Fandorin series. The intrigue is excellent and the novel extremely well-researched, giving readers an insight both modern Russian literature, and the Moscow of the not-so-remote past.
This set of stories by Ulitskaya explores the growth and development of a girl with a passion for books. One day she meets a man who unexpectedly proposes to her.
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