"Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living."
- Karl Marx, The 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (via nakazn)
(Source: ghoul-debored, via some-velvet-morning)
Viy - Konstantin Ershov, Georgi Kropachyov - 1967
Viy is just great! Reminded me of a cross between The Singing Ringing Tree and Haxan : Witchcraft Through the Ages!
"If ‘no man is a hero to his valet,’ what must he be to his wife? Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Osip Mandelstam, Mikhail Bulgakov, Vladimir Nabokov and Alexander Solzhenitsyn each had a long-suffering and immensely gifted spouse. Alexandra Popoff uses their lives to tell the tale not only of Russian literature but also of Russia’s turbulent modern history, in a book, our reviewer wrote, that ‘buzzes with both literary insight and gossipy intrigue.’"
The Wall Street Journal chooses The Wives: The Women Behind Russia’s Literary Giants as one of the best nonfiction books of 2012.
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"Control over a woman is the only form of dominance most men possess, for most men are merely subjects of more powerful men."
- Marilyn French, From Eve to Dawn (via goneril-and-regan)
"The idea of a golden age is inherent in the tradition of every people which proves nothing except that people are never satisfied with the present, and since their experience gives them little hope for the future, they adorn the irrevocable past with all the flowers of their imagination."
- Alexander Pushkin, A History of the Village of Goriukhino (via boggybilly)