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Mud and Stars by Sara Wheeler

Mud and Stars

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Mud and Stars by Sara Wheeler
Nov 05, 2019 | ISBN 9781524748012
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“A literary romp . . . A well-researched, droll journey around the lives of Russia’s ‘big beast’nineteenth-century writers—Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tur­genev, Lermontov, Gogol, Chekhov, Leskov, Goncharov, and Tolstoy—in the context of today’s Russia and ordinary residents of the country . . . Wheeler deftly brings the landscapes around her up to date.”
—Malika Browne, The Times (London)
“Part literary criticism, part travelogue, Wheeler’s fascinating book ventures across the country in the footsteps of ‘golden age’ writers such as Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Turgenev . . . She is as enthusiastic and authoritative a guide as one could wish for.”
—Alexander Larman, The Observer (London)
“Well informed and independent minded . . . An intelligent inquiry into the human condition itself . . . Wheeler is also side-splittingly funny in her breaking of taboos.”
—Vanora Bennett, The Times Literary Supplement (London) 
“Wheeler captures the unique combination of tragedy and humor that marks Russian literature. In exile or prison, in slapstick or a duel, she brings writers like Gogol, Chekov, and Pushkin to vivid, pulsating life.”
—Martin Cruz Smith, author of the best-selling Arkady Renko detective series
“Vivid . . . Entertaining . . . Provoking and informative.”
 —Publishers Weekly

Table Of Contents

Introduction xi
I. The People Stay Silent 1
II. A Heart’s Journey 29
III. The Heart Within the Tomb 65
IV. I Am Yours in Heart 91
V. We All Come Out from Under Gogol’s Overcoat 121
VI. We Shall Rest 147
VII. The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk 179
VIII. The Poetry of Procrastination 201
IX. Deep-Sea Fish 227
Envoi 257
Acknowledgments 259
Illustration Credits 261
Notes 265
Select Bibliography 277
Index 279

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