In addition to Tolstoy´s philosophy of history, the author considers the social and political circumstances that produced such men as Herzen, Bakunin, Turgenev, Belinsky, and others of the Russian intelligentsia, who made up, as he describes, ´the largest single Russian contribution to social change in the world.´
The great age of Russian philosophy spans the century between 1830 and 1930 - from the famous Slavophile-Westernizer controversy of the 1830s and 1840s, through the ´Silver Age´ of Russian culture at the beginning of the twentieth century, to the formation of a Russian ´philosophical emigration´ in the wake of the Russian Revolution. This volume is a major history and interpretation of Russian philosophy in this period. Eighteen chapters (plus a substantial introduction and afterword) discuss Russian philosophy´s main figures, schools and controversies, while simultaneously pursuing a common central theme: the development of a distinctive Russian tradition of philosophical humanism focused on the defence of human dignity. As this volume shows, the century-long debate over the meaning and grounds of human dignity, freedom and the just society involved thinkers of all backgrounds and positions, transcending easy classification as ´religious´ or ´secular´. The debate still resonates strongly today.
´´As a boy my first literary hero was Tom Sawyer, and ever since I´ve enjoyed the misadventures and romps of kids loose in the summertime. Summerlings is a story rich in local color, humor, outrageous characters, and with a wicked plot.´´--John Grisham A Cold War coming-of-age story in which three best friends confront their fears of the Bomb, Russian spies, bullies, and their role in the tragic event that ushers them into adulthood. It´s the summer of 1959. For the families who live on Connors Lane in Washington DC, life is still defined by what one did during WWII. Behind each door lives a possible spy or Nazi sympathizer, the family of a foreign diplomat, or someone who escaped the conflagration in Europe just in time. But it is also the summer of an inexplicable spider infestation--surely evidence of ´´insect warfare´´ by the Russians, thinks our young narrator John, and his best friends, Ivan and Max. When a rare, scorpion-like vinegaroon is discovered and sequestered for museum study, the boys, along with their tomboy accomplice, Beatriz, hatch a risky midnight plan to steal the poisonous creature for their own devious purposes. At the same time, under the tutelage of Ivan´s glamorous aunt Elena, they plan to forge a spirit of bonhomie in the neighborhood by throwing a party in John´s grandparents´ backyard. Fueled by punch the boys doctor with a jug of Brazilian rum, the adults let down their defenses until Elena, already a lightning rod for her Ukrainian birth, swinging social life, and outspokenness on behalf of refugees, roars off with a stranger on his motorcycle. What happens next will change John´s life forever.
As long as we have known death, we have dreamed of life without end. In The Future of Immortality, Anya Bernstein explores the contemporary Russian communities of visionaries and utopians who are pressing at the very limits of the human. The Future of Immortality profiles a diverse cast of characters, from the owners of a small cryonics outfit to scientists inaugurating the field of biogerontology, from grassroots neurotech enthusiasts to believers in the Cosmist ideas of the Russian Orthodox thinker Nikolai Fedorov. Bernstein puts their debates and polemics in the context of a long history of immortalist thought in Russia, from Fedorov in the nineteenth century through the experiments of Soviet scientists to today, with global implications that reach to Silicon Valley and beyond. Along the way, she draws out the ethical and philosophical implications of an end to human mortality. If aging is a curable disease, do we have a moral obligation to end the suffering it causes? Could immortality be the foundation of a truly liberated utopian society extending beyond the confines of the earth--something that Russians, historically, have pondered more than most? If life without end requires radical genetic modification or separating consciousness from our biological selves, how does that affect what it means to be human?
We often think of exercise as something practiced alone, perhaps in a gym with specialist equipment. However the Russian martial art of Systema has a wealth of partner and group exercises! These cover all aspects of fitness and health, including: Core Exercises, Stick Work, The Human Gym, Focus Pads, Stretching, Massage and more! These exercises will help develop your strength, mobility and overall health and fitness, whether for Systema or any other activity!
Sunshine Wilkes runs a shelter and escape route for women with nasty husbands. She handles whatever the world throws at her... until she rescues a crazy pregnant lady raving about werewolves -- and carrying a little boy with a puppy tail. Sunny realizes she's in over her head in a magical world she didn't know existed. So when a detective pal recommends a gorgeous Russian thug as a bodyguard, Sunny doesn't mind at all. Sasha Medvedev survived a Siberian prison, his parents' murder, roaming the Russian wilderness as a bear, and dealing death as a hitman for the Russian mob. All he wants is a quiet den, strong vodka, and vengeance for his parents. He's got one man left to punish for their death when Sunny careens into his life, bringing chaos and the first glimpse of hope he's had in years. Sunny can handle a guy with a dodgy past -- everyone's got secrets to hide, including her. Even him being a werebear is something she can come around to, once she gets used to the idea. But when her budding relationship with Sasha makes Sunny the target of an evil wolf pack and Russian mobsters, she starts to think some of his secrets are too dark to survive. Will Sasha's secrets ruin his future with Sunny, or will he finally break free of the past?
In The Future is History Masha Gessen follows the lives of four Russians, born as the Soviet Union crumbled, at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children or grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own - as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers and writers, sexual and social beings. Gessen charts their paths not only against the machinations of the regime that would seek to crush them all (censorship, intimidation, violence) but also against the war it waged on understanding itself, ensuring the unobstructed emergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today´s terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state. The Future is History is a powerful and urgent cautionary tale by contemporary Russia´s most fearless inquisitor.
´Some cookbooks take you on a journey that is as poetic as it is geographical and culinary, and Salt & Time is just such a one...enthusiastic, often playful, and full of encouragement to cook dishes that are invitingly unfamiliar.´ - Nigella Lawson ´If anyone had to write a Russian cookbook now, it would have to be her, and her book will end up being a classic´ - Olia Hercules, author of Mamushka and Kaukasis ´One flick through this book...shows the region´s cuisine take form in dazzling vibrancy´ - Foodism Salt & Time will transform perceptions of the food of the former Soviet Union, and especially Siberia - the crossroads of Eastern European and Central Asian cuisine - with 100 inviting recipes adapted for modern tastes and Western kitchens, and evocative storytelling to explain and entice. Why not try the restorative Solyanka fish soup (a famous Russian hangover cure), savour the fragrant Chicken with prunes or treat yourself to some Napoleon cake. ´Often we need distance and time, both to see things better and to feel closer to them. This is certainly true of the food of my home country, Russia - or Siberia, to be exact. When I think of Siberia, I hear the sound of fresh snow crunching beneath my feet. Today, whenever I crush sea salt flakes between my fingers as I cook, I think of that sound. In this book I feature recipes that are authentic to Siberia, classic Russian flavour combinations and my modern interpretations. You will find dishes from the pre-revolutionary era and the Soviet days, as well as contemporary approaches - revealing a cuisine that is vibrant, nourishing, exciting and above all relevant no matter the time or the place.´ - Alissa Timoshkina
Two Caravans is the hilarious and engaging second novel from bestselling author Marina Lewycka. A field of strawberries in Kent... And sitting in it are two caravans - one for the men and one for the women. The residents are from all over: miner´s son Andriy is from the old Ukraine, while sexy young Irina is from the new: they each other warily. There are the Poles, Tomasz and Yola; two Chinese girls; and Emauel from Malawi. They´re all here to pick strawberries in England´s green and pleasant land. But these days England´s not so pleasant for immigrants. Not with Russian gangster-wannabes like Vulk, who´s taken a shine to Irina and thinks kidnapping is a wooing strategy. And so Andriy - who really doesn´t fancy Irina, honest - must set off in search of that girl he´s not in love with. ´Immensely appealing. All but sings with zest for life...could hardly be more engaging, shrewd and winningly perceptive´ Sunday Times ´Extremely funny, closely observed insights, scenes of farce, tragedy and horror´ The Times Literary Supplement ´Hilarious and horrifying, Two Caravans is funny, clever and well observed´ Guardian Bestselling author Marina Lewkyca has received great critical acclaim since the publication of her hilarious first novel A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian in 2005, which was the winner of the Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction 2005, winner of the Saga Award for Wit 2005, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2005 and longlisted for the Booker prize 2005. Her other humorous novels We Are All Made of Glue and Various Pets Alive and Dead are also available from Penguin. Two Caravans is published as Strawberry Fields in the USA and Canada.