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Old Hunting Grounds and Other Stories free pdf The two volumes consist of 38 short stories and travel sketches describing Russians and parts of the Soviet Union which up to Kazakov's time (he died in 1982) had been almost untouched by that country's 20th century upheavals. The majority of his settings are the coast and forests adjoining the White Sea, peopled by hunters, fishermen, buoy-keepers, ancient peasants, children in the most halcyon moment of their youth, and among his memorable actors are not excluded even an occasional soul-full dog or bear. Through the eyes of this new array of 'Russian originals' we return to forgotten ways of perceiving the world around us, of appreciating the essential miracle of our lives and surrounding universe extending from the immediate and unremarked pebble or flower, out to the infinitudes of which we are a part. The sense of the two books is topical and universal: the degree of man's involvement in the harmony and natural processes of the world is an essential measure of his moral dignity. That such natural processes included hunting, for instance, is a challenging thought in our environmentally-ideological and conservation-focused times. In the classic style of the Russian short story Kazakov's narratives move at a leisurely pace and often end apparently inconclusively, but they never fail to induce a deeply reflective mood. A few of his tales do have an urban setting, but even those are suffused with a pastoral quality, contributed to by the inescapable presence of the seasonal and climactic envelopment of man's works- and too by nature's mind-borne continuities: a suburban boy repeatedly imagining and remembering episodes in some once-glimpsed corner of Russia's backwoods. Such recollections, and more immediate contemplations of nature in other stories, return and return like sighs among the meanders of Kazakov's uncomplicated plots.

About Yuri Kazakov

Yuri Kazakov (1927-1982) was born in Moscow's Arbat, the nearest thing, if it can be imagined, to a Montmartre-Bloomsbury annex situated next to the Kremlin. His family is described as of the working class, originally of peasant stock and recently immigrants to the capital. His father was arrested in 1933 and sent to the camps, and that blot on the family record appears to have been an impediment to the son's first, musical, career. Nevertheless, Kazakov's conservatorium years were not wasted, for the influence of that musical training enhanced his writing, once he transferred his interest there. The lyricism of his language and his mastery of thematic development and imagery, so akin in their effect to tone poems, is striking in the original Russian and are a challenge and stimulus to any translator. The insecurity of his family situation, together with a traumatic experience in wartime Moscow during his youth, contributed to a focus on life's discrete and unrepeatable passing instants, while also giving his writing a gentle other-worldliness. He turned away from the official idealism, triumphalism, and optimism of contemporary Soviet literature, and equally from any commentary on or explicit interest in social affairs, directing himself instead to an exploration of solitude in the northern territorial margins of Russia, to journey physically and imaginatively among its removed individuals, unvisited micro-communities, and the awesome phenomena of its then, and now, unquelled spaces. A full biography of Kazakov is yet to appear. Most of what we know about him comes from interviews, short autobiographical notes, the reminiscences of colleagues, and lastly and importantly, from what his own stories reveal: for his collected writings could well be subtitled "A Biographical Journey." The Soviet literary establishment - anything but pleased to discover how easy it was to restore thematic and stylistic continuities with the pre-revolutionary past - harried and to a large extent muted Kazakov, with the result that his art has still to receive the full measure of recognition it deserves even in his own country. Since his death, there has been in Russia a persistent, and at last productive, activism directed towards making his name better known. A decades-long agitation to have a plaque attached to the building in the Arbat where he lived for 30 years and returned to between his wanderings, has finally succeeded. A Kazakov Short Story Prize was instituted in 2002.

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Author : Yuri Kazakov
Publisher : Vladislav Zhukov
Data Published : 21 March 2015
ISBN : 0987463764
EAN : 9780987463760
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 272 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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