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By D. S. Mirsky

ISBN-10: 0394707206

ISBN-13: 9780394707204

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back disguise quote: A heritage of Russian Literature: From Its Beginnings to 1900 includes all of D. S. Mirsky's A background of Russian Literature and the 1st chapters of his modern Russian Literature, as they seemed within the one-volume A background of Russian Literature, edited by way of Francis J. Whitfield and released in 1949 via Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Russian literature has consistently been inseparably associated with Russian historical past. D. S. Mirsky, in facing this truth, regularly stored in brain the ever colourful and altering elements of the only in discussing the opposite. With a willing and penetrating feel of values, fortified through a mode sharp adequate to hold each nuance of his which means, he explored probably the most advanced and engaging literatures of the world.

" [Mirsky's] histories of literature ... own lcarning, beauty, wit, highbrow gaiety, and an incomparable sort and sweep and tool of speaking impressions and ideas." Sir' Isaiah Berlin

"Prince Mirsky is either pupil and stylist; his books, consequently, have a double correct to live." Clifton Fadiman

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Faustus, who sells his soul to the Devil in return, ·not for knowledge, but for power and pleasure. The Devil serves him well, but finally Savva repents and saves his soul in a monastery. Along with these first essays in edifying narrative other types of fiction began to appear. It is probable that Russian narrative folk poetry as we now know it came into existence in the middle or second half of the sixteenth century. It is certain that its first written traces appear in the early seventeenth century, when it begins to exercise an appreciable influence on written literature.

Russia was the only repository of the faith and had nothing to learn from the Greeks, whose orthodoxy had been adulterated by dalliance with the heretic and subjection to the infidel. Nikon, who was then practically an autocrat, stood firm, and Avvakum and his friends were exiled. Avvak6m was sent to Siberia and ordered to join the expeditionary force of Pashkov, whose task it was to conquer Dauria (the present Transbaykatia). Pashkov was a valiant "builder of empire" but had no patience with any religious nonsense.

She ends, however, by yielding. It is a piece of elaborate verbal art and has no parallel in Old Russian literature. It seems to have been composed in the north (where folk poetry was and is most alive) at the end of the seventeenth century. These last-mentioned works are entirely secular and free from all intention of edifying. Still more distinctly secular and unedifying are the stories derived from, or similar to, old French fabliaux and the tales of the Decameron. A good example is the Story of the Merchant Karp Sutulov and of his wife, who successfully defended her virtue against all the attempts of another merchant (a friend of Karp's), of her confessor, and of the bishop.

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