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Горе от Ума: Comedy in Four Acts in…

Горе от Ума: Comedy in Four Acts in Verse (1823)

by A. S. Griboedov

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Wonderful, amusing play largely about suspicion of foreign influence--in this case, German. I read this almost thirty years ago, in Russian, so check out my accuracy. No need to check out my vivid reaction and amusement. Russia has always treated foreign influence with suspicion, though they have entirely depended on it--first the French-speaking aristocracy, and the German-educated Catherine the Great, as well as the protagonist of this play, Sorrow from Intelligence (usu, Sorrow from Mind although equally Sorrow from Soul or Sorrow from Wit). I should re-read it now America is virulently anti-intellectual, anti-scientific, anti-Latin, anti-past ("history" on TV is five years ago), and of course, anti-literary. What can we expect when an educated president, Harvard professor, appoints a gym teacher (2 years) to be Sect'y of Education fro the US?
For Russian suspicion of foreign influence, this extended to POWs, who when they returned from captivity (say, in Prussia) were imprisoned--they had imbibed foreign ideas, were now probably spies. ( )
  AlanWPowers | Nov 5, 2012 |
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