Russia, Central Europe Reading and Watch List

Anna Karenina, Tolstoy

The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Tolstoy

Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky

The Idiot, Dostoevsky

The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky

Eugene Onegin, Pushkin

Peter the Great, His Life and World, Robert K. Massie

(Did you know he battled epilepsy his whole life?)

Catherine the Great, Portrait of a Woman, Massie

(Did you know she had an epistolary relationship with Voltaire for most of her life?)

BBC Documentary: Russian Empire: http://youtu.be/KXi6g8las-Q

BBC Documentary: Tchaikovsky: http://youtu.be/_rcidGsRbDs

BBC Documentary: The Genius of Beethoven: http://youtu.be/YueD9vB51hk

Only vaguely related, but worth passing on, from the presenter of the previous docs: Charles Hazlewood: Trusting the ensemble: http://youtu.be/MxK0ZzI3AYw

(PS U – Carmen Ekhayelitsha is undoubtedly the most interesting version of Carmen I have ever seen. Initially it flopped in South Africa but was a smash in London’s West End and one London music critic called it the production against which to compare all other productions of Carmen. The film went on to win the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.)

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