Anniversaries: A Singer & a Writer (Fyodor Shalyapin & Mikhail Bulgakov)


Boris Kustodiyev - Portrait of Fyodor Shalyapin, 1921.
Boris Kustodiev – Portrait of Fyodor Shalyapin, 1921.

‘You’re not Dostoyevsky,’ said the citizeness, who was getting muddled by Koroviev.

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Ivan Krylov’s Fable “The Dragonfly & the Ant” (1808)


Georgiy Narbut - Illustration to Ivan Krylov's fable "The Ant & the Dragonfly" (1912).
Georgiy Narbut – Illustration to Ivan Krylov’s fable “The Ant & the Dragonfly” (1912).
In the summer’s gaily singing,
Of the future isn’t thinking,
But the winter’s nearby.

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Letter by Fyodor #Dostoyevsky to Alexander III of Russia


Sergey Zaryanko - The Portrait of Grand Duke Alexander Alexandrovich in a court suit, 1867.
Sergey Zaryanko – The Portrait of Grand Duke Alexander Alexandrovich in a court suit, 1867.
A letter by Fyodor Dostoyevsky to Grand Duke Tsarevich Alexander Alexandrovich (future Emperor of Russia Alexander III). Continue reading “Letter by Fyodor #Dostoyevsky to Alexander III of Russia”

Ivan Krylov’s Fable “The Wolf and the Lamb”


Alexander Zudin - G1 + G7
Alexander Zudin – G1 + G7

Ivan Andreyevich Krylov, The Wolf and the Lamb.

Always are the weak at fault before the strong.

In history we hear a host of examples,

But history we are not writing:

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#Dostoyevsky Is the Limit?!


Between Russianness & Dostoyevskiness

Dostoyevskiness © Sergey Armeyskov, 2014.Oh, dostoyevskiness of a flowing cloud!

Oh, pushkinities of mellow noon!

Night looks like Tyutchev,

Filling boundless with supernal.

Velimir Khlebnikov, 1908-1909.

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Apparently, Fyodor Dostoyevsky became a symbol, an archetype of a Russian writer, along with Lev Tolstoy (‘Tolstoyevsky’). Simplified image of Dostoyevsky’s Russia (or Dostoyevskian Russia) became a part of popular culture both in the West and in Russia. Continue reading “#Dostoyevsky Is the Limit?!”