What’s so appealing about Russia? (Quote of the Week)

Heart of Moscow postcard. St. Basil’s Cathedral. Restoration (1978)

What is the appeal of Russia for westerners?

“Just as travel writing chronicles the traveller’s preconceptions as well as his journey, so for some novelists, Russia is not, or not only, a sort of moral zoo, which writer and reader can visit with a safe sense of superiority. It is also a place to test their moral pride and presumptions.

Russia has for centuries been a distorting, fairground mirror for the west. It is both like and unlike the tamer nations…”

-A.D. Miller, author of Snowdrops

Do you agree?

Quote found in this Observer article. Photo found here.

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