By Alekseï Nikolaevitch Tolstoï
Peu après los angeles Première Guerre mondiale, l'ingénieur Loss se lance dans los angeles development d'une fusée pour rejoindre l. a. planète Mars. Mais personne ne veut l'accompagner dans ce voyage périlleux, à l'exception d'un aventurier, un ancien soldat de l'Armée rouge, Goussev. Arrivés sur Mars, ils y découvrent une civilisation millénaire, fondée par les rescapés de l'Atlantide où le luxe féodal de los angeles caste des gouvernants est le fruit du travail de mornes foules d'ouvriers...
Réflexion sur l. a. révolution, le progrès, les hazards de l. a. décadence de l. a. civilisation, Aélita (1923) est considéré comme le most desirable chef-d'oeuvre de l. a. science-fiction soviétique. Mais le roman de Tolstoï est avant tout un grand livre d'aventures, dans l'esprit des oeuvres de H.G. Wells, Jack London, Burroughs ou Brioussov. Les légendes de l'Atlantide, les épopées des Hommes du Ciel, les scènes d'amour et de strive against, les envolées mystiques de Loss, l'intelligence prosaïque et les réparties comiques de Goussev - un personnage classique du skaz du XIXe siècle -, les descriptions d'un monde inconnu et mystérieux, tout cela fait d'Aélita un roman exaltant.
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Kaleriya Khristoforovna had concluded that the aristocratic patrons of the arts in Russia would only acknowledge the musical gifts of her sons if they had studied under respected foreign maestros. Her resolve was strengthened after Liszt’s visit to Moscow in the spring of 1843, when the Hungarian virtuoso was favorably impressed by Nikolay’s playing of one of Moscheles’s fantasies and repeated his earlier advice: the need for a solid grounding in the theory of music. With the death of Gebel, Villoing took charge of Nikolay’s piano lessons until the latter’s departure for Berlin.
3 vols. Moscow: Muzïka, 1983–86. Alexander M’Arthur [Lillian McArthur]. Anton Rubinstein: A Biographical Sketch. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1889. A. A. Neustroyev. “Aleksandr Villoing i pervoye kontsertnoye puteshestviye po Evropye A. G. Rubinshteyna, 1840–1842” [Alexander Villoing and A. G. Rubinstein’s ¤rst European concert tour, 1840–1842). Russkaya starina 65, no. 1 (January 1890). Lev Aronovich Barenboym. Nikolay Grigor’yevich Rubinshteyn: Istoriya zhizni i deyatel’nosti [Nikolay Grigoryevich Rubinstein: The history of his life and work].
As Anton later recalled, Liszt’s “opinions and directives were sacred and absolute,” but they did not quite square with Villoing’s way of seeing things. 32 The moral dilemma which Liszt sought to resolve in his art was of less immediate concern to Chopin, who had become increasingly reclusive as a concert artist. He now only appeared before audiences made up of the aristocracy and his adoring pupils and friends. It was therefore a somewhat extraordinary event when, on 26 April 1841, he was persuaded to make a rare public appearance at 12 Anton Rubinstein the Salle Pleyel.
Aelita by Alekseï Nikolaevitch Tolstoï