Art is one of the ways people communicate with one another. Every work of art brings the viewer to into a special kind of relationship, both with whoever has created or is creating the art and also with everyone else who—together with him, or before or afterwards—is subject to that
It would be a mistake to ascribe this creative power
to an inborn talent.
In art, the genius creator is not just a gifted being, but a person who has succeeded in arranging for their appointed end, a complex of activities, of which the work is the outcome, requiring an effort.
Art is so varied that to reduce it to any single purpose, be it even the salvation of mankind, is an abomination before the Lord.
Conception, my boy, fundamental brain work,
is what makes all the difference in art.
—Dante Gabriel Rosetti
Art is art.
Everything else is everything else.
It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance…
and I know of no substitute whatever
for the force and beauty of its process.
It's not what you look at that matters,
it's what you see.
—Henry David Thoreau
The New Russian Literature introduces today’s young Russian writers, poets, playwrights and critics, a generation that has remained unknown in the West for far too long. Russia's most important young literary voices face the political and social complexity of the world's most vast and various country, they engage its powerful and contradictory cultural tradition. They face a rich and complex national past and an uncertain future, full of both threat and promise. But they also live and write in a global context, as part of world history and—perhaps most importantly—as part of the continuing evolution of world literary tradition.