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Popular Culture in Ukraine

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Hello everybody!
My name is Yulya and I am from Crimea, Ukraine. It just happens that I live in the part of Ukraine which used to belong to Russia and there are ports of the Russian navy there; as a result there are a lot of Russian citizens there. And the irony is… I live in Ukraine, but I speak the Russian language and to be perfectly honest this has influenced my interest in the Russian culture as well.


Nowadays there are a lot of modern writers in Russia, but to tell the truth… I am not impressed by any of them. They do great attempts to make their “masterpieces” relevant and to entertain people…but what I really appreciate is classic. That’s what I can call the real “gold” of our culture. I am pretty sure that many people have heard of Leon Tolstoy, Mikhil Bulgakov and other writers. But you see..Russian is a very flexible and rich language so it makes it really perfect for poetry. Have you ever heard of Pushkin or Lermontov? Probably yes. As for me, I can put them both on one level with Shakespeare…
Just check out the translation of one of the most famous Pushkin poems, and I warn you – this is just a translation, the original is 100 times better, believe me :) ))
A magic moment I remember:
I raised my eyes and you were there,
A fleeting vision, the quintessence
Of all that`s beautiful and rare.
I prey to mute despair and anguish,
To vain pursuits the world esteems,
Long did I near your soothing accents,
Long did your features haunt my dreams.
Time passed. A rebel storm-blast scattered
The reveries that once were mine
And I forgot your soothing accents,
Your features gracefully divine.
In dark days of enforced retirement
I gazed upon grey skies above
With no ideals to inspire me,
No one to cry for, live for, love.
Then came a moment of renaissance,
I looked up – you again are there,
A fleeting vision, the quintessence
Of all that`s beautiful and rare.
I would also like to draw your attention to the fact that during the last few years, the Russian movie industry has started to direct films that in my opinion really deserve some attention. One of the last Russian films I’ve seen is “12″.. I’ll give you the link to read about it and I would say, if you have time, watch it – you won’t regret it=)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12_%28film%29
And despite the fact that I am not really a patriot, and I am not that much into the Ukrainian culture, I love Ukrainian music lot. Here is the last song that “caught my ear” and I’ve been listening it for a few days now:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NU_6×85VyI

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