By Andrei Makine
In international battle II Ivan Demidov received the pink Army's optimum award for bravery, that of Hero of the Soviet Union. however the a long time following the conflict have introduced him a lifetime of complication, alleviated basically via his delight during this fulfillment and the modest privileges granted to warfare veterans. His daughter, Olya, nevertheless, born in 1961 and educated as a linguist, takes up a publish as an interpreter at Moscow's overseas company middle with entry to a metropolitan way of life past the desires of her mom and dad. the single trap is that her task includes servicing overseas businessmen round the clock and passing on information regarding them to the KGB. this can be a attractive drama of disillusionment and stress among the 2 generations: the one who grew up below Stalin and observed its religion in him fall apart and the one who grew up lower than Brezhnev, fixated at the glamour of the West and its fabric items. Makine's shiny and real evocation of everyday life in post-war Soviet Russia fits in its depth the pictures of nineteenth-century Russian existence provided via Dostoevsky and Tolstoy.
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1 4 Although the prevailing scepticism and apathy toward religion among Russia's aristocracy in the 1870'S could have had an unfortunate effect on Lord Radstock's work, not to mention the ecclesiastical prejudices on the part of the official church, his stay in Russia proved to be enormously successful. He created a considerable sensation and gained a substantial number of followers, a fact which is consistently admitted even by his opponents. 15 The reasons for the welcome accorded to Lord Radstock and his teaching in the Russian capital are manifold.
Skvortsov, "Pashkovshchina," Sovremennoe russkoe sektantstvo (Moskva, 1905), 41; T. 1. Butkevich, "Pashkovshchina," Obzor russkikh sekt (Petrograd, 1915), 4 66 . 36 LORD RADSTOCK AND THE RELIGIOUS REVIVAL and Irvingism,16 or sought comfort in the consolations of a handsome Lutheran pastor, while others attempted to replace religion with some spiritual seance or to experience satisfaction in the Christian teaching of Lord Radstock. 1 9 This kind of an attitude provided additional proof of the inadequacy of the Orthodox Church and the failure of ecclesiastical critics to recognize the earnest desire among many of the St.
His greatest desire was the reading and interpretation of the Gospel through which an intensification of faith was to be achieved and, as a consequence, salvation. Denominational barriers provided no hindrance to his activities, for he interpreted the Gospel independently of any religious affiliation or close ties with any sect. His deep interest and contact with 6 7 See also chapter IlIon Radstockism in Russian literature. Trotter, 28, 44. LORD RADSTOCK AND THE RELIGIOUS REVIVAL 33 members of various creeds opened up new perspectives and provided him with renewed courage and strength.