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Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia (2002)
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Beginning in the eighteenth century with the building of St. Petersburg and culminating with the Soviet regime, Figes examines how writers, artists, and musicians grappled with the idea of Russia itself--its character, spiritual essence, and destiny. Skillfully interweaving the great works--by Dostoevsky, Stravinsky, and Chagall--with folk embroidery, peasant songs, religious icons, and all the customs of daily life, Figes reveals the spirit of "Russianness" as rich and uplifting, complex and contradictory--and more lasting than any Russian ruler or state.
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Explores the cultural history of Russia from the eighteenth century to the Brezhnev era, looking at how artists, writers, and musicians struggled with the question of what it meant to be Russian.
An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
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