Between heaven and hell: the story of a thousand years of artistic life in Russia.

WILLIAM BRUCE LINCOLN.

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Titel: Between heaven and hell: the story of a ...

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New York [etc.] : Viking, 1998. Illustrated. Cloth. With dustjacket. Hardbound. 8vo. 511 pp. Met lit. opg. en index. (Mooi exemplaar). The Story of a Thousand Years of Artistic Life in Russia This slim volume tackles an overwhelming subject: 1,000 years of Russian achievements in the arts, from medieval ikons to the novels of Tolstoy to the films of Eisenstein. Much has been written about the subject over the years, but Lincoln poses himself a slightly different task: to depict not so much the history of Russian arts as the history of the country's "artistic experience," including the "social and political forces" that shaped artistic creation. Author of such histories as Romanovs and Nicholas I, Lincoln ably provides the context such a task requires. Unfortunately, Lincoln's purple prose can sometimes be distracting. No one ever seems to merely wear a medal, they wear it "proudly"; a building is not simply painted turquoise when it can be "brilliant" turquoise. Here, for instance, is Lincoln on the music of Rimsky-Korsakov: "Oceans churned, storms thundered, the sun sparkled in wintry forests, and in the new warmth of spring nightingales sang and golden fish leaped from crystal streams." Overall, however, Lincoln's marriage of history and the arts is a happy one, demonstrating how the peculiarly Russian tension between East and West and between politics and the arts helped produce artistic works that were both uniquely beautiful and uniquely Russian. (booknr: 27795). Buchnummer des Verkäufers 27795

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