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Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia takes the reader through Russia's development from the early 17th century up until the time of the Soviet Union, detailing not only political events, but the artistic ones that shaped Russia's culture as we know it today. Stravinsky, Eisentein, Gogol, Gorky, Tolstoy, Checkov, and many others are discussed in terms of their lives and impact on the culture as a whole.
   As the story prograsses the reader learns how Russia reinvented itself, from a vast nation with no musical or literary canon to speak of, to one with an incredibly rich and important inheritance. We learn of how Peter the Great literally planned St. Petersburg and then built it in a manner of years. We also leanrn why Checkov's characters are always speaking in french, a must for all those who have been baffled by his usage of the language.
The review of this Book prepared by Caitlyn Quinn








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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   1920's    -   18th century    -   17th century History of a people?    -   Yes Nationality?    -   Russia History of Art?    -   Yes Kind of art    -   Writers    -   Music

Subjects of this Historical Account

Ethnicity (if plays a major part)    -   European/White Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Neutral Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Russia Big City?    -   Yes City:    -   Moscow

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   3 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   8 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Book makes you feel...    -   thoughtful How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses mostly on history of key players How much romance?    -   5 () Is book humorous?    -   Yes Minor characters feature lots of:    -   blue collar types Is this a kid's book?    -   Ages 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A handful Maps necessary?    -   Necessary maps provided Length of book    -   450 pages+ How much emphasis on small details?    -   9 ()

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