July 21 CERDA HALL 15:00 - 15:50
MOSCOW IN RUSSIAN LITERATURE. THE CAPITAL THROUGH THE EYES OF WRITERS FROM DIFFERENT ERAS
During the lecture, we will discuss the evolution of Moscow as a theme in Russian literature over two centuries, from Woe from Wit, to the poetry of Bulat Okudzhava, who elegised Arbat's alleys. We will focus on how Aleksander Pushkin was fascinated by Russia’s “first capital” in Eugene Onegin, that Moscow was the setting for Bulgakov's Master and Margarita, that the heroes of Ivan Bunin's short story Pure Monday lived in Belokamennaya (another name of Moscow), and how Marina Tsvetaeva's lyric is impossible to imagine without the city of seven hills.