quote by Joseph Brodsky

Twentieth-century Russian literature has produced nothing special except perhaps one novel and two stories by Andrei Platonov, who ended his days sweeping streets.

— Joseph Brodsky

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I can say without affectation that I belong to the Russian convict world no less than I do to Russian literature. I got my education there, and it will last forever.

Russian literature quote Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible
Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.

The tradition of Russian literature is also an eastern tradition of learning poetry and prose by heart.

I love the Russian classics very much, the Russian classical literature.

But I also read modern literature. As far as Russian literature is concerned, I am very fond of Tolstoy and Chekhov, and I also enjoy reading Gogol very much.

Persecution mania is still around. In your writing, in your exchanges with people, meeting people who are in Russian affairs, Russian literature, etcetera.

Russia is a place of great culture. If you've read Tolstoy's "War and Peace", Dostoyevsky, Pushkin, Chekhov...the culture of the great Russian literature is amazing. The human narrative you get out of "War and Peace" is universal.

We all come out from Gogol's 'Overcoat'.

The greatest books in Russian literature are satires.

Gogol's Dead Souls, for example, is a very over-the-top satire about life in Russia. I think it's the thing we do best.

In communist Russia, their major organ was Pravda, which means "truth.

" The Russians knew how to read between the lines. They didn't take their literature literally.

The whole world recognizes Russia's cultural achievements.

It is impossible to imagine the world culture without Russian culture, without our music and literature.

I think that Indian writing in English is a really peculiar beast.

I can't think of any literature - perhaps Russian literature in the nineteenth century comes close - so exclusively produced by and closely identified with a tiny but powerful ruling elite, the upper-caste, Anglophone upper middle class, and dependent for so long on book buyers and readers elsewhere.

I didn't ever consider poetry the province exclusively of English and American literature and I discovered a great amount in reading Polish poetry and other Eastern European poetry and reading Russian poetry and reading Latin American and Spanish poetry and I've always found models in those other poetries of poets who could help me on my path.

I was a professional chess player in Romania, but only a small-time master.

When I came to France, I continued playing chess for many years: I played tournaments in numerous countries with mixed results. I wrote and published a book - La Défense Alekhine and translated two others from Russian. I taught chess in schools; I earned more money through chess than through literature.

That is almost the whole of Russian literature: the phenomenal coruscations of the souls of quite commonplace people.

It`s the only time my education has come in remotely handy.

-on using her Russian literature studies for copying her "Van Helsing" script into Russian to acquire a Slavic accent.

Russian literature saved my soul. When I was a young girl in school and I asked what is good and what is evil, no one in that corrupt system could show me.

The Russian yearning for the meaning of life is the major theme of our literature, and this is the real point of our intelligentsia's existence.

Of all my films, people wrote to me most about this one.

.. ...I had wanted to make The Idiot long before Rashomon. Since I was little I've liked Russian literature, but I find that I like Dostoevsky the best and had long thought that this book would make a wonderful film. He is still my favourite author, and he is the one - I still think - who writes most honestly about human existence.

The contradiction [trying to use Russian model to reshape Italy] grew to such an extent that I felt totally cut off from the communist world and, in the end, from politics. That was fortunate. The idea of putting literature in second place, after politics, is an enormous mistake, because politics almost never achieves its ideals.