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Swashbuckling action adventure set in the mid 17th century. George Baker stars as Earl Anthony - aka The Moonraker - a gentleman Cavalier who is the thorn in the side of Oliver Cromwell (John Le Mesurier) and his mission to rid Britain of the royalists. Feared among Cromwell's men, the Moonraker has already effected the escape of over 30 royalists to France, a feat he pulls off by assuming the identity of a Puritan scholar. However, his audacious actions run into trouble when he attempts to lead Prince Charles Stuart (Gary Raymond) to safety after a defeat at the hands of the Roundhead soldiers.
Chekhov's Dama s sobachkoy (1899) is perhaps the most celebrated example of his shorter prose and one of the most famous stories in Russian literature. The tale of an adulterous liaison, set in Yalta, it shows to greatest effect Chekhov's propensity for the conjuring of mood and atmosphere. The tale's modernity is displayed too in its anticlimactic conclusion of poignant open-endedness: ' ...and it was clear to both that the end was still far, far off and that the most complicated and difficult part was only beginning.'
The character of Barzarov, the radical intellectual, moves like a storm cloud through this sensuous, beautifully paced account of provincial Russia in the period just before the Great Emancipation of the serfs in 1861. Turgenev's greatest literary creation is as compelling and as enigmatic as the country whose passions he so vividly represents.
This volume presents a comprehensive overview of the close and complex relationship between Britain and the life and work of Ivan Turgenev. The author examines Turgenev's interest in English literature and his reception by the British from the 1850s through to the present day. Reprinting important articles previously inaccessible to the general reader, it includes a new introduction and an extensive bibliography and index.'Readers of this journal will need no reminder of the enormous contribution Patrick Waddington has made to Turgenev studies during the past twenty five years or so. Its pages contain much of the valuable material his indefatigable research has produced during that period. The volume under review is in a sense a celebration and summation of part of the work accomplished in those twenty five years. In it the editor, with his customary scholarship, good sense and meticulous attention to detail, has brought together previously published articles, essays and reviews by British critics, writers, scholars and literary historians, on the subject of Anglo-Saxon perspectives of Turgenev, in the process also shedding light on the Russian writer's possible influence on English literature in the nineteenth century.'New Zealand Slavonic Journal
Turgenev is an author who no longer belongs to Russia only. During the last fifteen years of his life he won for himself the reading public. As regards his method of dealing with his material and shaping it he surpasses all the prose writers of his country, and has but few equals among the great novelists of other lands. To one familiar with all Turgenev's works it is evident that he possessed the keys of all human emotions, all human feelings, the highest and the lowest, the novel as well as the base. He make himself almost exclusively the poet of the gentler side of human nature. We may say that the description of love is Turgenev's specialty. Rudin is the first of Turgenev's social novels, and is a sort of artistic introduction to those that follow, because it refers to the epoch anterior to that when the present social and political movements began. This epoch is being fast forgotten, and without his novel it would be difficult for us to fully realise it, but it is well worth studying, because we find in it the germ of future growths. Introduced in English, the text is in Russian and the notes are in English
This well established Russian vocabulary book contains some two thousand words, arranged in sections, according to subject grouping, of roughly equal length, but of varying difficulty and importance. All the words included are of high frequency, and the student who knows them all will have acquired an essential basic Russian vocabulary. The categories are grouped in such a way as to form a basis for elementary essay writing, oral work or revision, and they range from 'the universe' and 'nature', through 'colours' and 'countries', to the main prepositions and prefixes.
The First Russian Volcabulary gives all necessary information on some 2300 words considered most important for various purposes like travel to the Soviet Union, conversation with Russians, elementary essay-writing, the reading of simple literature, and success in school examinations. The work includes a bibliography, list of abbreviations and a repeat list of most basic words.
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