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Enlightening travel essays by Dina Rubina for the remainder at the window


14/07/2017


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MOSCOW. In the publishing house «Eksmo» there was a new book by Dina Rubina.

At the end of June, Dina Rubina returned from another trip: the Urals, Altai, Siberia. Impressions that after materialize in the lines, crowded, cordially accepting halls of local philharmonic, libraries, bookstores. Forever young student Tomsk, a fair stream of art lovers at the exhibitions of Boris Karafelov (Rubina’s husband) in Krasnoyarsk museums. The house of Victor Astafiev in Ovsyanka, striking modesty. And the church with the library, built there on his money. Magnificent bookshop and a terrific audience in a gloomy Chelyabinsk.

One of the main impressions: against the background of endless problems in the vast country, absurdities, tragic contradictions - wonderful, bright faces of people. Prefering to read good books, think, believe only the truthful word. In Chekhov’s «Chamber No. 6,» the provincial doctor confesses: an educated person in adulthood perceives life as a trap without a way out. Later, in «Gooseberries,» Chekhov further develops this idea: for self-realization and manifestation of all the properties of a free spirit, man lacks a small land allotment. Before him, the entire globe must be opened. For those who opened the window to a huge world and now are accustomed to content with a window, these prospects seem illusory.

«Through the grid of hats» - about the impressions of the early 2000’s. For a person with a developed imagination, sensitive to metaphors and a good syllable, Rubina’s essays collected in the new book are an opportunity to overcome any boundaries. Walk along the paving stones of Prague streets, listen to musicians on the Charles Bridge, read Kafka’s letters to Milena Esenskaya, go to the sung Van Gogh Provence, wander around without aim through the streets of Frankfurt, look into the past at the Delft hotel. Temporary escapism of this kind is a source of new impressions and positive emotions, a short respite from stresses and problems.

Anton Pavlovich did not doubt that even a weak hope for freedom inspires the soul. Rubina’s book is from the inspiring.


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