Sign up for our Today In Entertainment Newsletter. Please check the site policy for more information. Legal experts denounced the Finance Ministry’s investigation tactic of asking female journalists to come forward if they have been sexually harassed by the ministry’s top bureaucrat. Freedom of expression advocates and a publishers association are turned off by the official designation of two reference books on erotic publications and the education of the children in the story Bunin numbers vending machines as “harmful” to youngsters in Hokkaido and Shiga Prefecture.
TAKARAZUKA, Hyogo Prefecture–After surviving a highly competitive entrance exam, 40 newly admitted students of the famed Takarazuka Music School took the stage for the first time at their entrance ceremony held at the school here on April 17. WASHINGTON–Toyota Motor Corp plans to start selling U. Japan that has influenced food culture around the world. 360-DEGREE LIVESThe page features videos of variety of animals. You can view the videos as interactive images that allows you to pan and zoom in to them. No reproduction or republication without written permission.
For more information about Isaiah Berlin, see the Isaiah Berlin Virtual Library. For permission to reprint any material by Isaiah Berlin, contact Curtis Brown Group Ltd. In the autumn of 1945 Isaiah Berlin, then an official of the British Foreign Office, visited Russia for the first time since he had left it in 1920, aged eleven. It was during this visit that his famous meetings with Anna Akhmatova and Boris Pasternak took place. He was modest, too, about the content of his report. He enclosed a copy of it with a letter dated March 23, 1946, to Averell Harriman, US ambassador to the USSR. I enclose a long and badly written report on Russian literature etc.
I am instructed to forward to you by Frank Roberts . Berlin’s self-effacing account of his dispatch is of course quite misleading. Its modest title belied its ambitions: it was nothing less than a history of Russian culture in the first half of the twentieth century, a chronicle of Akhmatova’s fateful generation. It was probably the first Western account of Stalin’s war against Russian culture. The Soviet literary scene is a peculiar one, and in order to understand it few analogies from the West are of use. The October Revolution insulated Russia even more completely, and her development became perforce still more self-regarding, self-conscious, and incommensurable with that of its neighbors. French and, to some degree, German influence, attained its greatest height since its classical age of Pushkin, Lermontov, and Gogol.
Upon this the October Revolution made a violent impact, but it did not dam the swelling tide. The main engagement of the early and middle 1920s was fought between the free and somewhat anarchist literary experimenters and the Bolshevik zealots, with unsuccessful attempts at a truce by such figures as Lunacharsky and Bubnov. Second Period: 1928-1937The new orthodoxy, which became finally established after Trotsky’s fall in 1928, put a firm end to the period of incubation during which the best Soviet poets, novelists, and dramatists, and, indeed, composers and film producers too, produced their most original and memorable works. The herald and chief inspiring force of this new Jacobinism was the poet Mayakovsky, who, with his disciples, formed the famous LEF6 association.