Studies in Russia Augustus J.C. Hare

ISBN: 9781406782172

Published: October 1st 2007

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520 pages


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Studies in Russia  by  Augustus J.C. Hare

Studies in Russia by Augustus J.C. Hare
October 1st 2007 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 520 pages | ISBN: 9781406782172 | 3.64 Mb

PREFACE. A FOREIGNER must spend two years in our country before he can judge of it, say the Russians, and the author of the following chapters feels bound to confess at the outset that he has only passed one summer there. He would not have venturedMorePREFACE.

A FOREIGNER must spend two years in our country before he can judge of it, say the Russians, and the author of the following chapters feels bound to confess at the outset that he has only passed one summer there. He would not have ventured to write, much less to publish, anything he had written about it, if it were not that, when he was in the country, he had himself felt intensely the want of such assistance as may be found in this volume.

Few English travellers know Russian enough to enable them to ask questions or to understand verbal information the meagre existing English handbooks give a useful catalogue of the sights in the principal towns, but scarcely any information as to their meaning or history and much thus passes un- observed or misunderstood which might lend a great charm to the usual monotony of a Russian tour.

This book does not profess to contain many original observations, but it is a gathering up of such information as its author has been able to obtain from the lips or writings of those better informed than himself, and for which he would have been so thankful before his own visit to Russia, that he believes it will not be unwelcome to others, especially to those who are likely to travel in that country.

The illustrations are from the authors own sketches taken upon the spot, under the fear, almost the certainty, of arrest, and sometimes of imprisonment, till the rare official could be found who was capable of reading the various permits with which he was furnished. The drawings have been transferred to wood by the skill of Mr. T. Sulman. INTRODUCTORY CONTENTS. CHAPTER I. PAGH ........ I CHAPTER II. ST. PETERSBURG . . . . . . . . .28 CHAPTER III. EXCURSIONSROUND ST.

PETERSBURG ..... 122 CHAPTER IV. NOVOGOROD THE GREAT ....... l66 CHAPTER V. MOSCOW THE INNER CIRCLES . . . . .196 CHAPTER VI. MOSCOW THE OUTER CIRCLES ...... 281 x CONTENTS. CHAPTER VII. PAGE THE MONASTERIES NEAR MOSCOW...... 316 CHAPTER VIII. THE NEW JERUSALEM 369 KIEFF . A GLIMPSE OF POLAND CHAPTER IX. CHAPTER X. INDEX 497 427 483 CHAPTER I. INTRODUCTOR Y. THE best time for visiting Russia is always said to be the winter, but those who wish to sketch must go there in the summer months.

There they will then find S. Petersburg and Moscow, which are so gay in the snow- time, almost deserted everyone has gone into the country. But except for the sake of studying native manners and customs, and the melancholy monotone of rural life which Gogol has described so well, few travellers will follow them thither.

For cursory visitors all the interest of Russia north of the Crimea is confined to the cities, though native authors, Pouchkine, Gogol, Tourgueneff, Koltsov, teach us how to make the utmost of the charms which the calm, sleepy existence of country life has to offer, especially in the Ukraine. As to scenery, no one must expect any striking beauty in Russia it does not possess any, and except in the neighbourhood of some of the towns which have chosen all the best situations there is scarcely anything which can be even called pretty.

The desolation is also extreme, for no country is more thinly inhabited. The time when Russia shows at its best is just after the sudden, almost instantaneous change from winter to a verdant flower-laden spring of indescribable radiance and freshness.



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