Monday, February 19, 2007

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But what really attracted the Russian reader was that in Chekhov's hero he recognized the type of the Russian intellectual, the Russian idealist, a queer and pathetic creature that is little known abroad and cannot exist in the Russia of the Soviets. Chekhov's intellectual was a man who combined the deepest human decency of which man is capable with an almost ridiculous inability to put his ideals and principles into action; a man devoted to moral beauty, the welfare of his people, the welfare of the universe, but unable in his private life to do anything useful; frittering away his provincial existence in a haze of utopian dreams; knowing exactly what is good [...] but at the same time sinking lower and lower in the mud of a humdrum existence, unhappy in love, hopelessly inefficient in everything -a good man who cannot make good.
V. Nabokov, The Atlantic Monthly, Sep 2005, p.91.

2 Comments:

At 2:48 am, Anonymous sashi said...

Geist,

You selection of excerpts, such as this one, is fantastic. Me shall come back often to consume your choice morsels from here and there.

 
At 12:01 pm, Blogger Geist said...

thanks, always welcome... :)

 

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