13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley

By Jane Smiley

Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling novelist Jane Smiley celebrates the novel–and takes us on a thrilling travel via 100 of them–in this seductive and immensely profitable literary tribute.

In her inimitable style–exuberant, candid, opinionated–Smiley explores the facility of the radical, its background and diversity, its cultural effect, and simply the way it works its magic. She invitations us backstage of novel-writing, sharing her personal conduct and spilling the secrets and techniques of her craft. and he or she deals valuable recommendation to aspiring authors. As she works her approach via 100 novels–from classics equivalent to the thousand-year-old Tale of Genji to fresh fiction via Zadie Smith and Alice Munro–she infects us anew with the eagerness for interpreting that's the governing spirit of this reward to booklet fanatics in all places.

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To this group also belonged Patriarch Euthymius of Trnovo and his pupil Gregory Tsamblak, both friends and colleagues of Cyprian's, and in Russia such distinguished church leaders as Sergius of Radonezh and his nephew Theodore, Abbot of the Simonov Monastery and Grand Prince Dmitry Donskoy's confessor, later bishop of Rostov. Cyprian contributed actively to the spread of hesychast theology in Russia. He translated texts promoting hesychast doctrine from Greek into Church Slavonic, among them the Ladder of John Climacus and certain writings of Dionysius the Areopagite.

The center of this "lay monasticism" was to have been the "household church" under the supervision of a priest or archpriest. This idea found expression in the regulation of everyday life prescribed in the Domostroy, and it was revived by the circle of religious reformers around Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich in the 1640s. One of the few literary expressions of this ideal is the Life of the Holy and Pious Mother Juliana Lazarevskaya (Povest 0 svyatoy i pravednoy materi Yulianii Lazarevskoy), written about 1625 by her son.

The UkrainianOrthodox imitation of Polish-Jesuit school Baroque, introduced into Russian literature by Simeon Polotsky, continued to flourish in the writing of his successors, the Metropolitan Dimitry of Rostov (1651—1709), Stefan Yavorsky (1658—1722), locum tenens of the patriarchal chair, and Feofan Prokopovich (1681-1736). All three were educated at the Kiev Academy, after which Yavorsky and Prokopovich temporarily converted to Catholicism and continued their studies abroad, the former at Polish and Lithuanian universities, the latter in Rome, where he became acquainted with Jesuit scholasticism.

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