Novel Russia

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201A01Crime And Punishment20010202

Martin Wainwright explores contemporary Russia through the themes and settings of three great Russian novels.

1: `Crime and Punishment' by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

The novel is about an impoverished student who convinces himself that he has the right to murder a moneylender.

There are many echoes in Russia today of the social upheaval and widespread poverty described by Dostoevsky.

201A01The Master And The Margarita20010216

In three programmes, Martin Wainwright explores contemporary Russia through the themes and settings of three great Russian novels.

1: `The Master and the Margarita' by Mikhail Bulgakov.

An extraordinary account of a visit to Moscow by the devil, the novel had an enormous impact when it was published in the 1960s, nearly 30 years after Bulgakov's death.

201A02Anna Karenina20010209

In three programmes, Martin Wainwright explores contemporary Russia through the themes and settings of three great Russian novels.

2: `Anna Karenina', by Leo Tolstoy.

Anna's behaviour still causes debate today, and the book's other great theme, the countryside, highlights problems of mismanagement and inefficiency which are as thorny now as in Tolstoy's day.