Merry Christmas, Dostoevsky

I spent the first few years of my life in Russia and to my mind it will always remain

a land of magic and warmth where children were the only privileged class.

 Dr Zhivago, a novel by Boris Pasternak made into a film which starrred

Omar Sharief and Julie Christie. The book had to be smuggled out of Communist Russia and

became a sensation in the West fetching Pasternak the Nobel Prize for Literature which he had to decline.

Russia was also the land of the Bolshoi Theatre.. Think of the ethereal Kseniya Ryabinkina  of Mera Naam Joker.

Russian social media is abuzz with the discovery of a Christmas poem by Dostoevsky http://www.themoscowtimes.com/blogs/432775/post/a-christmas-gift-from-fyodor-dostoevsky/491668.html

Russia was the land of Stanislavsky, the  father of method acting http://blogs.osc-ib.com/2013/08/ib-student-blogs/dp_psychology_student/stirring-the-emotions-with-stanislavsky/. It was also the land of the film making genius Sergei Eisenstein,

It was also the land of Eisenstein, the father of cinema (according to me) and I was fascinated to read that this serious, communist film maker was also a great fan of Walt Disney http://lyricqueer.blogspot.in/2013/01/disney-and-eisenstein.html

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