Dostoevsky channeled his memories of imprisonment into his protagonist’s time there. This reflection is seen through the fact that the only book Dostoevsky owned during that time was “a New Testament given to him by a charitable woman who visited prisoners” (Iswolsky). Raskolnikov’s only possession was also a New Testament. Going further, he received it from Sonya, a compassionate woman who cared for and visited the other prisoners in Siberia. Later, the author lived in St. Petersburg after his release in 1859.
Both men composed and were trained musicians. Prokofiev, though, was a virtuoso. This means that he contributed in many different fields of, in this case, music. Tchaikovsky influenced current music more than Prokofiev. Tchaikovsky 's life had a bigger influence on his music than Prokofiev 's life had on his.
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, born in St. Petersburg, Russia on 22 April 1899, was a Russian-American novelist who was also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin. Nabokov originally began writing in Russian and wrote his first nine novels in Russian. However, Nabokov achieved international prominence after he started writing in English. Vladimir's finest novel Lolita is also considered his most controversial work because of the criticism it received due to its deep and warped erotic theme. Lolita is also considered as Nabokov's best work in English.
The real tragedy of post-revolutionary Russian literature lies in what has happened to a small number of exceptional authors. Through unofficial and official pressures, these few talented men were forced into silence, into varying degrees of conformity, or into exile. The names of most of them are hardly known to the world, or even to their countrymen. One of these incognito and literary men was Eugene Ivanovich Zamiatin, who died in France as a voluntary exile in 1937. Zamiatin was born in 1884 in the Central Russian town of Lebedian and developed himself as an interested Russian in social and political problems__ his interesting
Entering the world of literature during the 19th century, Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Notes from the Underground grants the world a realist piece of writing that opens the minds of its readers even to this day. Setting itself up as a diary for a bitter and isolated man, who remains unidentified, this novella translates to depict the true essence of the “superfluous man.” This concept, highly regarded at the time in Russia, makes its way into the story and Dostoyevsky does an exemplary job incorporating it. Furthermore, he manipulates the concept to his advantage and to express his disagreement with the movement to Westernize Russia. This piece of literature begins with the narrator, dubbed the Underground man, describing himself and his life. The
In the book, Symphony for the City of the Dead, by M.T. Anderson, the author accentuates the composer, Dmitri Shostakovich, to describe the composer’s devotion for his city and country. The novel was set during 1905-1975 in northern Europe and western Russia. When Shostakovich lived in Leningrad, Russia, during World War 2, he wrote symphonies. He expressed his feelings of horror and hope for Russia's victory against the Nazi power in his symphonies.
When Tolstoy had been still very young, he was born into a very wealthy aristocratic family, but at age nine was moved to Kazan with his aunt after both of his parents had died. At age 16 Tolstoy enrolled at Kazan State University, where he pursued autodidactism, but after that his life started
Dostoevsky’s characters represent various worldviews of the Russian population. Their metaphorical counterparts can be found when looking at the novel through the critical archetypal lense. Fyodor symbolizes the Russian state which has a history of passion and recklessness. Their coffers overflow but are spent on fruitless things like Fyodor’s addiction to alcohol, or his attempt to pay Grushenka to marry him. His reflections on his hard past reflect also on the autocracy of the previous centuries, but both look forward with anticipation (Connolly 83).
This strongly affected him being that Rimsky-Korsakov was such a major influence in his life. All of these events strongly impacted Stravinsky, which may be why his music is so emotional and powerful. Henceforth, he should not be “blamed” for writing music inspired by his