Russian literature famously probes the depths of the human soul, and in this series of 36 insightful lectures prepared by a frequently honored teacher legendary among educators in both the United States and Russia - you probe just as deeply into the extraordinary legacy that is Russian Literature itself. Professor Weil introduces you to masterpieces such as Tolstoy's War and Peace, Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, Gogol's Dead Souls, Chekhov's The Seagull, Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago, and many other great novels, stories, plays, and poems. In all, you plunge into more than 40 works by a dozen writers, from Aleksandr Pushkin in the 19th century to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in the 20th century. You also investigate the origin of Russian literature itself, which traces its lineage back to powerful epic poetry and beautiful renderings of the Bible into Slavic during the Middle Ages. All of these works are treated in translation, but Professor Weil does something very unusual in the literature-in-translation arena. For almost every passage that he quotes in English, he reads an extract in the original Russian, with a fluent accent and an actor's sense of drama.
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"Professor Weil's course is exactly what it professes to be--a look at the high points. What an examination it is, though! Weil clearly loves Russia and her literature. From Pushkin to Solzhenitsyn, he examines the major authors, quoting liberally in Russian and English to give a flavor for the texts. His lectures on Pasternak are especially rich. The Pasternak we know as poet and novelist also translated five Shakespearean tragedies. Weil reads most movingly from these translations, even singing beautifully various songs from HAMLET and OTHELLO. If you love Russian literature, this is the place to taste its wealth, beauty, and scope. For a complete package, The Teaching Company also provides helpful outlines of the lectures with complete written transcripts for reference. P.E.F. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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