Stalin

The Zenkyoto Generation as an IdeologyYukio Mishima and Japanese Literature

Shuhei Kosaka, "Zenkyoto Generation as an Ideology" - Recommended work to feel the spirit of the times from the 60's through the author's personal narrative.

学生紛争とは何だったのか。

あの時代を知らない私からすれば、あまりに不思議でどう理解してよいかもわからぬ複雑怪奇な存在でした。

本書は著者の個人的な語りを通して全共闘や赤軍まで見ていきます。

全共闘や学生紛争についての入門として本書は非常におすすめです。この時代を知らない私達若い世代こそこの本を読むべきではないかと思います。ぜひ手に取ってみてはいかがでしょうか。

Faith in Modern ChinaChinese Buddhism, Thought and History

Ian Johnson, Faith in Modern China - A look at the reality of religious life under the Communist regime! A non-fiction book that questions what faith is all about!

この本は宗教を禁じていた共産党中国において、今宗教はどのような状況になっているかを追っていく作品です。

現在の中国の宗教事情を知れたのは非常に興味深いものがありました。

ただ、本書でも述べられていたのですが、近年共産党当局が厳しい統制をかけているため今後どうなるかはわからないというのは非常に恐ろしく感じました。

この本は私達の知らない中国を目の当たりにすることになります。著者が実際に長期の密着取材をしたからこその情報が満載です。現代中国の宗教事情を知るのにこの本は非常におすすめです。ぜひ手に取ってみてはいかがでしょうか。

Stalin's LibraryHistory of the Soviet Union under Lenin and Stalin

Jeffrey Roberts, "Stalin's Library" - A novel biography of Stalin from the perspective of reading. How did he view Dostoevsky?

Hating him doesn't explain why and how he went to such lengths."

This is a very important point made by the author. If we put Stalin away as just a big bad man, that is where our thinking ends.

This is a very stimulating book that looks at Stalin from the perspective of "reading" to find out why he was able to become a dictator and what was behind his success. The author's courage to attack from a minor angle, "reading," which in a sense is not easily associated with dictatorships, is nothing short of amazing. It is very innovative.

パヴロフThe Industrial Revolution and British and European Society

Oxford Portrait of Science: Pavlov" A recommended biography of the great Russian scientist, famous for his "conditioned reflex" and Pavlov's dog!

The "conditioned reflex" and "Pavlov's dog" are directly related to modern brain science and neurological research. Therefore, I had assumed that they were more recent or had been studied in the UK or Germany.

I had no idea that was Russia in the 19th century!

At the very time that Dostoevsky and Tolstoy were drawing on psychological and religious writings that had little science in them, Pavlov was working on scientific research...

This was something I could not imagine if I only thought about Russian literature. In this sense, this biography is a valuable work that allowed me to look at Russia at that time from a different angle than usual, that of science.

Shakespeare, a treasure trove of masterpieces

Jean Benediti, "Stanislavsky Biography" - Recommended biography of the legendary Russian actor and director, best known for "An Actor's Work".

この本では名俳優スタニスラフスキーの生涯を見ていくことになります。スタニスラフスキーは『俳優の仕事(旧訳は『俳優修業』)』という本で有名で世界の演劇界において凄まじい影響力を持ち、日本でもバイブルのように読まれていたそうです。その演劇論は「スタニスラフスキー・システム」と呼ばれ、今でもその影響力は健在なようです。

また、この本は単にスタニスラフスキーの生涯をなぞるのではなく、当時の時代背景も掘り下げていきます。そしてその時代背景においてスタニスラフスキーをはじめとした演劇人がどのように動いていたのかを知ることができます。
ものすごく面白い本でした!

Dostoevsky and His Wife's Fateful Journey: Travels in Western Europe of Madness and Love

(29) The connection between the sudden death of his beloved child Alyosha and "The Brothers Karamazov" - Dostoevsky as the father of his children.

In our previous article, we introduced you to Dostoevsky, the loving wife.

And in this article I would like to conclude my travelogue by introducing Dostoevsky as a father.

Dostoevsky, the loving wife, Dostoevsky, the father of a child.

I will now share with you an episode that is absolutely essential to know Dostoevsky as he walked with his wife.

I believe that if you read "The Brothers Karamazov" with the knowledge of Dostoevsky's love for his children, something different will surely grow inside your heart.

Dostoevsky and His Wife's Fateful Journey: Travels in Western Europe of Madness and Love

(17) Dostoevsky criticized communism and socialist revolutionaries - The reality of the International Peace Conference in Geneva

In my previous article, I introduced you to the friendship between Mr. and Mrs. Dostoevsky in Geneva, and in this article I will discuss a very important point when considering the character of Dostoevsky.

Dostoevsky's stay in Geneva provided the impetus for his opposition to communism and socialism.

I believe that the significance of the Dostoevsky couple's trip to Western Europe is immeasurable, considering that their experience there led to "Evil Spirits" and "The Brothers Karamazov" later on.

Impressions of the Summer Recounted in Autumn - Trip to Paris and Georgia

(21) Go to Stalin's birthplace, Gori, Georgia - Feel the atmosphere of the former Soviet Union at the Stalin Museum

私がジョージアにやって来たのはトルストイを学ぶためであることを前回の記事でお話ししました。

ですが、せっかくジョージアに来たのならどうしても行きたい場所がありました。

それがスターリンの生まれ故郷ゴリという町です。

この記事ではスターリンの若き時代やスターリン博物館を訪れた私の体験をお話ししていきます。

Dostoevsky and Christianity

Yasuyuki Takahashi, The Russian Church under Persecution: 70 Years of Orthodoxy in an Atheistic State - What was the state of Christianity in the Soviet era?

The Soviet era may be difficult for those of us living in the modern world to imagine. Even for those who lived in the Soviet Union during the same period, information was limited, so they were able to learn about the actual situation only to a limited extent.

In such a situation, religion, which was a taboo subject under the Soviet regime, was a particularly secretive matter.

The relationship between the Soviet Union and the Russian Orthodox Church can be known only now that the Soviet Union has collapsed.

This book is a very valuable book to learn about this.

I think this book is a very significant work in terms of knowing Dostoevsky.