By Alicia Chudo
Written within the culture of 1066 and All That, The Pooh Perplex, and The Classics Redefined, And Quiet Flows the Vodka will, hopefully, be the ultimate at the ghastly first millennia of Russian literature, historical past, and culture.
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23 24 And Quiet Flows the Vodka, or When Pushkin Comes to Shove But the Polovtsian troops arrive suddenly, and as the crows croak and the lutes hoot and the jackdaws jack, the Russians are defeated and Igor is taken captive. The poet then teaches his lesson: Oh, Russian princes! You have ceased to ¤ght the pagans! Instead, you ¤ght each other, Saying of a small thing, This is big, And of a big thing, This is small, And of a ruble, This is worth something! Disorder reigns supreme, The pagans retrieve their treasure While the Russian princes sleep it off.
The verb vodkaledovat’ means to freeze to death while trick-or-treating intoxicated on the open steppe in a troika. Donoskvartirovat’ means to denounce someone to the secret police for the purpose of moving into his apartment. ) In Gogol’s time, the imperial service was carefully graded into ninetythree ranks, from the highest (General of the Imperial Flunkies) to the lowest (Licker of the Imperial Toilet Brushes). The scale of expected bribes corresponded to rank. 4 A rank of eighty, Actual Imperial Councillor of the Unpopulated Tundra, conferred the same privileges, but they were not hereditary.
Like any good German, Germann is calculating, and though he is fascinated at watching Tomsky and his friends play cards, he never takes a hand, lest he lose. At last he hears that Tomsky’s grandmother knows the secret of how to guess three cards in succession, which would make one rich beyond measure. 9 The reader understands that she 5. But see Jonathan A. ” in Labyrinths: Self-Consuming Clues, ed. Stanley E. Fish (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995), 214–19. 6. ”—refers not to the essay in which it appears but to his comment on the tsar’s announcement of unrealizable political reforms, about which Pushkin learned in a letter from Batyushkov received that day.
And Quiet Flows the Vodka: or When Pushkin Comes to Shove: The Curmudgeon's Guide to Russian Literature with the Devil's Dictionary of Received Ideas by Alicia Chudo