A clean unmarked copy in excellent condition. Dust jacket unclipped and in mylar cover. 286 pages. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Against the Current: Selections from the ...
Publisher: Weybright and Talley
Publication Date: 1969
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition
Book Description Weybright and Talley, 1969. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. Cloth hardcover, xxv + 286 pages, NOT ex-library. No ISBN. Very good interior: clean, untanned, with unmarked text, free of inscriptions and stamps. A couple of faint marks on page edges externally. Firm secure binding. Board edges are vaguely darkened and dust-toned. Unclipped dust jacket with tearing, creasing, frayed upper spine, handling marks. -- Konstantin Leontiev is one of the most remarkable figures in nineteenth-century Russian literature. His writings and ideas are far removed from those of his contemporaries. At a time when a new realism was appearing in Western European and Russian literature, and when ideas for social reform were becoming widespread, Leontiev stood firmly for the old order. He was a monarchist, a romanticist, and a devout follower of Eastern Orthodoxy. Leontiev despised the trends toward what he considered a vulgar, bourgeois mediocrity. These trends threatened his idea of Beauty, which was Leontiev's supreme value. He believed that Beauty could only flourish in a society marked by conflicts and extremes. A complacent society would be incapable of producing Beauty. Leontiev's concept of Beauty was the cornerstone for his philosophy, his politics, and his literary criticism. "Leontiev conceived of Beauty as a romantic disharmony composed of picturesque contrasts and marked by an exuberant variety in an elastic unity of opposites." The use of clashes and contrasts as a means by which Beauty could be created is apparent in Leontiev's novels, particularly in ThE Egyptian Dove. But, as Against the Current shows, his fertile mind produced other brilliant works of fiction, as well as thoughtful essays, letters, and narratives on politics, art and life. This edition has been prepared under the direction of Professor George Ivask, University of Washington, and is now rendered into English by George Reavey, the noted translator. (front flap) -- Konstantin Leontiev was born on his father's estate in Russia in 1831. After studying medicine at Moscow University, he served as military surgeon during the Crimean War. By 1861 he was already publishing novels. Then, until 1874, Leontiev acted as consular agent in Greece, Turkey, and Rumania. He continued to develop his esthetic and religious themes, and, returning to Russia, published a number of memoirs, historical works, critical essays, and novels. Following a mystical experience, Leontiev took monastic vows. He died in 1891 (rear flap). -- Contents: The Other Russian: Konstantin Leontiev by George Ivask; Experience: - Father - Mother - Narcissus I - Narcissus II - Christ - A Priest's Daughter, Poor Girl - The Medical Student - Turgenev [Ivan Turgenev] - Rejecting a Bride - Army Doctor in the Crimea - The Surrender of Kerch in 1855 - Consul in Adrianople [Edirne] - Consul in Tulcea, Rumania [Romania] - Consul in Yanina [Ioannina] - Miracle in Salonika [Thessaloniki] - On Mount Athos - The Elders of Mount Athos - On the Elders of the Optina Monastery - Young Friends - Leontiev's Servants - The Elder Ambrosius - The Death of Father Ambrosius; / Philosophy: - A Conversation With a Nihilist about Aesthetics - The Rapacious Aesthete - Aesthetics I - Aesthetics II - The Triune Process of Development - The Average European - Proudhon [Pierre-Joseph Proudhon] and Herzen [Alexander Herzen] - Thrace - Greeks, Bulgarians, and Russians - Russia and the Russians - Byzantium and Russia - Fundamental Theses - The Paths of Russia - Freezing Russia - The Warming Up of Russia - Antichrist in Russia - Catholicism - The Mind - The Rejection of Aesthetics; / Literary Criticism: - A Letter to the Poet Fet [Afanasy Fet] - On Russian Realism - Dostoyevsky [Fyodor Dostoevsky] - Tolstoy [Leo Tolstoy] - If Pushkin [Alexander Pushkin] Had Written 'War and Peace'; / Bibliography - Chronology - Index. Seller Inventory # 004594