The Big Green Tent

The Big Green Tent An absorbing novel of dissident life in the Soviet Union by one of Russia s most popular writers The Big Green Tent is the kind of book the term Russian novel was invented for A sweeping saga it te

  • Title: The Big Green Tent
  • Author: Lyudmila Ulitskaya Bela Shayevich
  • ISBN: 9780374166670
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An absorbing novel of dissident life in the Soviet Union, by one of Russia s most popular writers, The Big Green Tent is the kind of book the term Russian novel was invented for A sweeping saga, it tells the story of three school friends who meet in Moscow in the 1950s and go on to embody the heroism, folly, compromise, and hope of the Soviet dissident experience ThesAn absorbing novel of dissident life in the Soviet Union, by one of Russia s most popular writers, The Big Green Tent is the kind of book the term Russian novel was invented for A sweeping saga, it tells the story of three school friends who meet in Moscow in the 1950s and go on to embody the heroism, folly, compromise, and hope of the Soviet dissident experience These three boys an orphaned poet a gifted, fragile pianist and a budding photographer with a talent for collecting secrets struggle to reach adulthood in a society where their heroes have been censored and exiled Rich with love stories, intrigue, and a cast of dissenters and spies, The Big Green Tent offers a panoramic survey of life after Stalin and a dramatic investigation into the prospects for integrity in a society defined by the KGB Each of the central characters seeks to transcend an oppressive regime through art, a love of Russian literature, and activism And each of them ends up face to face with a secret police that is highly skilled at fomenting paranoia, division, and self betrayal An artist is chased into the woods, where he remains in hiding for four years a researcher is forced to deem a patient insane, damning him to torture in a psychiatric ward a man and his wife each become collaborators, without the other knowing Ludmila Ulitskaya s big yet intimate novel belongs to the tradition of Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, and Pasternak a work of politics, love, and belief that is a revelation of life in dark times.

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    1. also known as , Ljudmila Ulitzkaja, Lioudmila Oulitska a, Ludmila Ul tskaya, Ljoedmila Oelitskaja, Ljudmila Ulickaja, Ljudmila Ulitskaja, Ljudmila Ulick , Ludmila Uli kaia, Liudmila UlitskayaLyudmila Ulitskaya is a critically acclaimed modern Russian novelist and short story writer She was born in the town of Davlekanovo in Bashkiria in 1943 She grew up in Moscow where she studied biology at the Moscow State University.Having worked in the field of genetics and biochemistry, Ulitskaya began her literary career by joining the Jewish drama theatre as a literary consultant She was the author of two movie scripts produced in the early 1990s The Liberty Sisters , 1990 and A Woman for All , 1991.Ulitskaya s first novel Sonechka published in Novy Mir in 1992 almost immediately became extremely popular, and was shortlisted for the Russian Booker Award Nowadays her works are much admired by the reading public and critics in Russia and many other countries Her works have been translated into several languages and received several international and Russian literary awards, including the Russian Booker for Kukotsky s Case 2001 Lyudmila Ulitskaya currently resides in Moscow Ulitskaya s works have been translated into many foreign languages In Germany her novels have been added to bestseller list thanks to features of her works in a television program hosted by literary critic Elke Heidenreich.

    2. Cruelty and loneliness Soviet dissident movement.1950's --through 1990's with the collapse of the Soviet Union.Honorfairnessjusticeion.evilnessdiversity.Post Stalin era.Non-linear storytelling: YOU WILL GET FRUSTRATED AND LOST AT TIMESbut then something really interesting draws you in like ancient rituals and moral maturity--- and how that plays out between boys and girls when schools are no longer segregated in the USSR. The 'beginning' of this Russian story is intimate- family intimacy---with [...]

    3. Acoperind peste jumătate de secol din istoria Rusiei, de la moartea lui Stalin până la câțiva ani după dizolvarea URSS, Imago este un roman excepțional, care-ți taie răsuflarea prin frumusețea, complexitatea, dar și amărăciunea lui. Este o carte copleșitoare, care te cam strivește sub greutatea ei elefantină, așa încărcată cu talente irosite absurd și destine modelate cu pumni insensibili de fier, cu neșansa de a trăi într-un timp bolnav și putred, când viața e ca un l [...]

    4. Brilliantly and creatively written, "The Big Green Tent" is a masterpiece likened to works of Russian masters of yore. An eye-opening and important book. It is a Russian culture expose encompassing the harsh and despondent realities of censorship. And let me stress, it requires a good bit of time and patience to digest; a behemoth undertaking for numerous reasons. The least being tome girth. "Life outside the bounds of literature was harsh and abusive, but the world of books offered living thoug [...]

    5. After reading Ulitskaya's 'The Funeral Party' last year, I thought I'd attempt the new, 2015 release 'The Big Green Tent' and I wasn't disappointed. This is mostly a story of three boys in the early 1950's as they attend school, grow up during a crazy time in the world and what they accomplish as they grow older. They are witnessing a time of change and national ideology, yet being scared of the government or even your neighbor hasn't changed: The death of Uncle Joe and Stalinism and the birth o [...]

    6. The expression “May you live in interesting times” is believed to be an ancient Chinese curse. Centuries ago it was adopted by Russians and altered to become “God spare us from living in era of changes”. Doomed to eternal punishment by the history of their own country, Russians hope for a life in peace. For generations, Russian writers have examined the lives drained by the love and hate relationship with their country. To name just a few: Leo Tolstoy with his “War and Peace”, Boris [...]

    7. This is a book I should have loved. It started out so good. It followed 3 friends and their favorite literature teacher but as the book went on and more and more and more and then some more characters were introduced it got fragmented and I lost interest. I considered a DNF but I did care enough about the main characters to finish also there were some really fun literary mentions. I have a feeling that this was just not the right book at the right time for me.

    8. Este o abordare interesanta a vremurilor tulburi din perioada KGB-ista a anilor 1950 din Rusia. Trei baieti de la aceeasi scoala devin prieteni desi erau diferiti unul de altul ca fel de a fi. Un profesor reuseste sa le prezinte o cu totul alta imagine a societatii, dominata de neincredere si teama, prin intermediul literaturii, a poeziei ce le prefigureaza imagini diferite ale istoriei, trecutul necunoscut al orasului dintr-o perspectiva oarecum idealizata. Impresiile create in perioada scolii [...]

    9. Beautifully written and evidently also beautifully translated, this novel was worthy of two weeks of my time! (Crazy!) Many changes in the time periods and the characters left me wondering how it all would fit together at times. I still feel as though I missed some of the connections, but I loved it anyway. Worthy of a re-read!

    10. Imagine you are a boy growing up in 1950s Soviet Moscow. You are just a bit outside the norm for a schoolboy in those times, the type who is bullied, the type who has dreams about how his life might go. You find two other boys like you and form a bond that lasts for a lifetime.Better yet, the three of you find yourselves in a class taught by a man who can bring literature alive and who takes you under his wing. You learn that not all of life needs to be lived in fear of the KGB, in lock step to [...]

    11. Dar câte crisalide mor fără să ajungă la ultima fază, fără să spargă coconul, nelăsând să iasă fluturele din el! Anima, anima, sufleţel drag… Multicolor, sprinţar, efemer – şi minunat. Cât de multe fiinţe rămân însă larve până la moarte, fără să înţeleagă că n-o să ajungă niciodată la maturitate!

    12. I love a good saga and this certainly fell within that class of book for me. It is not a family saga but a saga of life in the Soviet Union from the early 1950's to 1996, with most of the book from the time of Stalin's death through the 80's. The families, friends, and acquaintances provide support for the life stories of a group of three boys (Ilya, Mikha, Sanya) and a group of three girls (Olga, Tamara, Gayla). The book goes back and forth chronologically many times, returning to the boys and [...]

    13. An epic love letter to Russian literature and history that delves into the soul of the Soviet people. The Green Tent is both chunky in terms of page count and density - certainly not a book to sail through quickly. It is a richly told coming-of-age tale of three young Soviet boys growing up in Moscow and the timeline begins on the day of Stalin’s death in 1953. In a nutshell this is a tale of samizdat, or the illegal reproduction and distribution of banned books in the Soviet Union, and how th [...]

    14. Zhodou okolností mi dosť pripomínala Rankovov román "Stalo sa prvého septembra (alebo niekedy inokedy)", ktorý som si náhodou požičala z knižnice práve s týmto titulom Prehliadka povojnového Ruska prostredníctvom životných osudov troch kamarátov a ich blízkych. Čítanie to bolo miestami drsné, miestami dojemné, ale najmä neobvykle "skutočné". Obrovské množstvo literárnych, ale aj hudobných odkazov zjemňovalo inak krutú realitu príbehov, ktoré spolu viac či menej [...]

    15. quite a saga at almost 600 pages, set in ussr 1950's (but going back to 1825 decemberists, and pushkin and tolstoy and doestoevsky, this really is a novel of the politics, books, music, poetry, spirit and soul of russia) up to about 1991, but not really 1991, more like 1988, but also up to 1996 gets a bit rambling, with a cast of 1000's, with idea of 'fate' directing, or not directing humans pitiful ways of trying to be happy,friendly, fair, in love, being love vs avaricious, jealousy, sadism, r [...]

    16. Aproape 5, dar nu chiar, pentru ca, dincolo de savoarea de necontestat a povestilor, mi-ar fi placut ca personajele -macar cele principale- sa fi avut o (si) mai mare consistenta.

    17. This is the best book I have read in decades. It initially seemed to be about three school boys and their lives from Stalin's death in the early fifties through the seventies, but it very quickly expanded to include their girlfriends, wives, relatives, friends, fellow dissidents and the KGB. But to say it's 'about' anything or anybody hardly conveys this book's magic: it's an extraordinary experience of feeling - yearning for freedom, joy in poetry, absorption in music, tiredness with tyranny, a [...]

    18. Somehow cramming 20th century Russia into just under 600 pages works. Maybe the last 100 pages dragged a bit, but overall, this was kind of an easy read in terms of pace and tone, while being incredibly complicated in terms of characters and connections. Ulitskaya focuses on post-Stalinist Russia's aftermath on families and artists. From children who never got to know their parents thanks to state-initiated "disappearances", deadly imprisonments in labor camps, or exhiles-gone-wrong to adults tr [...]

    19. Russians have a word, “byt,” that roughly translates as “everyday life,” standing as a contrast to high-culture concepts such as the arts, science and philosophy. And because Ludmila Ulitskaya’s latest novel, “The Big Green Tent,” is grounded in “byt” rather than historic events or abstract philosophical questions, it’s far more intimate and personal than what most people think of when they see a thick Russian novel.The novel is still what one could call “sweeping”: not s [...]

    20. Если коротко, то книга меня поглотила и большинство историй, из которых состоит книга-мозаика, были мне близки и понятны.Много действующих лиц, много чувств и взаимоотношений и потерянные судьбы ищущих себя людей. У них был стимул себя искать - порой кажется, что ценности и [...]

    21. (3.5) The first section of hundred pages or more is a gorgeous coming-of-age tale that hearkens the great classics of Russian literature. I was enchanted. Then, Ulitskaya stages a coup, and in confounding George RR Martin fashion (I know I'm crossing genres), she 'forgets' about two of the most interesting characters in favor of introducing a panorama of new characters through nonlinear vignettes. Her major character, Olga, never sticks, especially after Ulitskaya steamrolls through her life, be [...]

    22. It is one of my favorite books that i have even readhere are very good and easy enough language itself, very deep characters of people this book also is written like a boography that is sometimes typpical for Ulitskayadespite this book is about people living in Soviet Union and there arent positive and negative people - this book is very kind but very difficult and comlex

    23. A beautiful book—full of culture and wisdom and feeling.“… we live not in nature, but in history And Pasternak walked down this very lane twenty years before. And one hundred fifty years ago—Pushkin. And we are walking down it too, skirting the eternal puddles.”“Samizdat” is a system created to distribute government-suppressed literature. “The phenomenon itself is remarkable and unprecedented. It’s vital energy that is spread from source to source, establishing threads, forming [...]

    24. I can't decide if I want to give this book 4 or 5 stars, so I will average it out at 4.5. In one review I read about The Big Green Tent, the reviewer compares it to a tree: the prologue is the roots, the first six chapters are the trunk, and the remainder of the book is the branches. In another review with Ulitskaya, she says that the book is about stories; both the stories we tell and the stories others tell. She also said that many of the characters are based on real people and many of the eve [...]

    25. Ulitskaya is a dissident from the Soviet era and a current outspoken anti-Putin activist. She is certainly the kind of a rebel intellectual I highly regard. "The Big Green Tent" is a novel dedicated on the dissidents from the post-Stalinist Soviet period. The main focus is on three friends - Ilya, Mikha and Sannya, whose lives the author closely follows. The three school boys are very (mis)fortunate to have a really dedicated and inspiring teacher who awakens their interest in literature. That v [...]

    26. Great book. Historical almost. Author writes about Stalin times, how poetry was forbidden, banned from the society and how people still were striving to get those books and read them, even though everyone knew you could be easily arrested for that. Great variety of characters and each of them has her/his own unique story. I like how every chapter is connected to each other, as much as it isn't. Every chapter has its name and concentrates on certain event. Moreover, i like a slight note of irony [...]

    27. I loved it. Ulitzkaia had touched in her novel a lot of themes, some of them very sensitive. she is a great storyteller. The story starts linear, but after a breaking point, the stories and the characters intertwine. It was a good choice to produce a global image of Russia in those years (1955 - 1981 more or less).Well documented, nice literary references. I cannot wait to read Pasternak, Soljenitsin, Nabokov. Strong characters, strong story. it is worth a read.

    28. bbc/programmes/b09qcjj0Blurbs: Ludmila Ulitskaya's epic novel of dissident life in the Soviet Union follows three school friends through the decades after the death of Stalin. The boys are bound together by a love of Russian literature and, as they reach adulthood, become involved in samizdat - the production and distribution of texts banned by the state. Ludmila Ulitskaya is one of Russia's best-selling and most celebrated authors. Her 14 novels include Medea and Her Children, The Funeral Party [...]

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