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Сказ о тульском косом Левше и о стальной блохе

Ar the spirits in their innards might catch fireThe Steel Flea is an uproariou. An entertaining short story about a Russian craftsman on a mission to outdo the British by creating a better version of their finest invention a metal flea First published in 1881 this gives an insight into the relationship Russia has with the West stylized as an amusing folk tale Nikolai Leskov s arguably finest piece of writing certainly doesn t have an easy publication history as it was attacked from both Leftists for being to aggressively nationalist and Right Movements for making common people s lives seem gloomy Reading it a century and a half later allows us to see the cunning writing for what it was a brilliant masterful interplay of neologisms and humor and two grand nations fighting over something as unimportant as a steel fleaIn 2015 Penguin introduced the Little Black Classics series to celebrate Penguin s 80th birthday Including little stories from around the world and across many centuries as the publisher describes I have been intrigued to read those for a long time before finally having started I hope to sooner or later read and review all of them

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He gave orders that they were not to get any hot glum pudding in flames for fe. In those days everything had to be done just right and very fast so as not to lose a minute that might be useful to Russia The Steel Flea aka The tale of the Cross Eyed Left Handed Gunsmith from Tula and the Steel Flea was first published in Russian in 1881 A satiric folk tale it reflects a view on Russian issues which can be read as a possible mockery of the beliefs propagated in the light of the debate that arose in the nineteenth century between Westernizers and Slavophiles on which path Russia was to follow and on the nature and values of Russian identity As both intellectual groups disapproved of Nikolay Leskov 1831 1895 for ideological reasons or for his irreverence towards the existing order one can image to some extent the tickling strength of Leskov s satire in the eyes of his contemporariesLeskov s picaresue tale comprises uite some amusing absurdist passages twists and puns while at the same time testifying of Leskov s deep understanding of and sympathy for the common people of Russia satirising Russia s technological and social backwardness at that time contrasting it with the advanced state of an industrialised western country By sending Emperor Aleksandr the First and his escort the Cossack Platov to London followed by the visit of a humble Russian craftsman the gunsmith Lefty from Tula Leskov illustrates and mildly denounces the narrow minded ness misplaced pride and lack of vision of the Russian monarchs and ruling classes who are blind for the need of social and technical progress particularly when comparing the bad working conditions of the Russian working class with the one of the English workers which becomes obvious when the Russian gunsmith gets taken around by his English hosts Lefty looked at all their production he really liked their metallic mills and their soapy rope factories and the way they managed things especially the way they took care of their workers Every one of their workmen was always well fed none was dressed in rags each one had on a capable everyday jacket and wore thick hard nail boots with iron caps so that he wouldn t stump his toes anywhere on anything Along with his work he got teachings instead of beatings and he worked with comprehension While the fixation of the czar and his entourage on the miniscule prop of the story a dancing steel flea fabricated by the English in itself is funny enough it reminded me of flea circus jokes of my childhood in which the jester asked his target to hold the little jacket of the flea that got too hot somersaulting from the left to the right hand and illustrative of the mentality Leskov seems to criticize Leskov stylistically enhances the story by brewing a grotesue and clever cocktail of folk wisdoms hyperboles and peculiar word play Gorky admired his skills as a wordsmith The Gunsmiths replied Worthy old man we feel the gracious word of the Emperor and we never can forget it because he puts his hope in his own people but what can we do about it in this here case we can t say in just one minute because the English nation ain t stupid either they ve even sort of cunning and their art is full of horse sense While Nikolay Leskov is regarded as an influence on Andrei Bely Isaac Babel and Maxim Gorky the latter and Anton Chekhov perceived Leskov as the most Russian of the 19th century Russian writers Leskov had the opportunity to travel the country thoroughly while working as an agent envoy for the English trading company Scott Wilkins gathering from the remote regions of Russia a treasure trove of experiences and impressions he forged his stories fromUnderneath the humoristic tone the playfulness the naivet of the somewhat simple minded narrator and farcical exposure of the boastfulness on Russian traditions and proclamation of the superiority of all things Russian from Russian womanhood vodka to religion individual tragedy crushing injustice and bigotry is lurking Conclusively Leskov alludes on the future loss of the human soul in the mechanisation of labour paying tribute to craftsmanship and human ingenuity 12Illustrations by the Kukryniksy collective

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S and alcohol soaked shaggy dog story from one of Russia's great comic masters. An amusing short story a tale of English craftsmanship which impresses the Russian Czar with their very small mechanical dancing steel flea Russian craftsmen are called on to improve the flea which is then returned to England A good little story with detailWhat I am not enamoured with are the repetitive mistranslations I can t figure out if they are purposeful of not Eg grasp port passport thirst mate first mate nitroscope microscopefariations variations etc

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  • Сказ о тульском косом Левше и о стальной блохе
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  • 28 March 2019
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About the Author: Nikolai Leskov

Николай ЛесковNikolaj S LeskowNikolai LeskovNikolai LesskowNikolaj Semënovič LeskovNikolaĭ Semenovich LeskovNikolai LjeskowН С Лѣсков СтебницкийМикола ЛєсковNikolai Semyonovich Leskov Russian Николай Семёнович Лесков; 16 February 1831 — 5 March 1895 was a Russian novelist short story writer playwright and journalist who also wrote under the pseudonym M Stebnitsky Praised for his uniue writing style and innovative experiments in form and held in high esteem by Leo Tolstoy Anton Chekhov and Maxim Gorky among others Leskov is credited with creating a comprehensive picture of contemporary Russian society using mostly short literary forms His major works include Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk 1865 which was later made into an opera by Shostakovich The Cathedral Clergy 1872 The Enchanted Wanderer 1873 and The Tale of Cross eyed Lefty from Tula and the Steel Flea 1881Leskov was born at his parent's estate in Oryol Gubernia in 1831 He received his formal education at the Oryol Lyceum In 1847 Leskov joined the Oryol criminal court office later transferring to Kiev where he worked as a clerk attended university lectures mixed with local people and took part in various student circles In 1857 Leskov uit his job as a clerk and went to work for the private trading company Scott Wilkins owned by Alexander Scott his aunt's English husband He spent several years traveling throughout Russia on company business It was in these early years that Leskov learned local dialects and became keenly interested in the customs and ways of the different ethnic and regional groups of Russian peoples His experiences during these travels provided him with material and inspiration for his future as a writer of fictionLeskov's literary career began in the early 1860s with the publication of his short story The Extinguished Flame 1862 and his novellas Musk Ox May 1863 and The Life of a Peasant Woman September 1863 His first novel No Way Out was published under the pseudonym M Stebnitsky in 1864 From the mid 1860s to the mid 1880s Leskov published a wide range of works including journalism sketches short stories and novels Leskov's major works many of which continue to be published in modern versions were written during this time A number of his later works were banned because of their satirical treatment of the Russian Orthodox Church and its functionaries In his last years Leskov suffered from angina pectoris and asthma He died on 5 March 1895 He was interred in the Volkovo Cemetery in Saint Petersburg in the section reserved for literary figures



10 thoughts on “Сказ о тульском косом Левше и о стальной блохе

  1. says:

    'In those days everything had to be done just right and very fast so as not to lose a minute that might be useful to Russia'The Steel Flea aka The tale of the Cross Eyed Left Handed Gunsmith from Tula and the Steel Flea was first published in Russian in 1881 A satiric folk tale it reflects a view on Russian issues which can be read as a possible mockery of the beliefs propagated in the light of the debate that arose in

  2. says:

    What a bizarre little novella Its bizzarity is summed up well by the full title The Tale of the Cross Eyed Left Handed Gunsmith from Tula and the Steel Flea That title is not just bizarre it might even be one of the most unbelievable titles

  3. says:

    It's true said Lefty that everybody's got the same Gospel but our books are thicker than yours and our faith is fuller Nikolai Leskov The Steel Flea I adored The Steel Flea 1881 aka The Tale of Cross eyed Lefty from Tula and the Steel Flea aka Tale of the suint eyed left handed man from Tula and the steel flea aka Levsha or The Lefthander or Lefty or The Left handed Craftsman The type of story is known as a Skaz in Russi

  4. says:

    An entertaining short story about a Russian craftsman on a mission to outdo the British by creating a better version of their finest invention a metal flea First published in 1881 this gives an insight into the relationship Russia has with the West stylized as an amusing folk tale Nikolai Leskov's arguably finest piece

  5. says:

    19th century was an extraordinarily rich period for Russian literature Among the numerous gifted and productive authors of that period is at least one that according to my impression is not valued and read outside Russia as much as he would deserve it Nikolay LeskovHis probably best work The Steel Flea full title The Tale of the Cross Eyed Left Handed Gunsmith from Tula and the Steel Flea contains on about 50 pages ever

  6. says:

    A humorous classic of Russian literature that covers the period early to mid 1800s Russia has defeated Napoleon b

  7. says:

    It's sort of astonishing that fables this simplistic were getting readers at the same time as Dostoyevsky PS The amazing update to the steel flea only makes it lameAmong the many things this Penguin edition may have mangled aside from the hyperbolic description is publishing a book some 40 pages shorter than another translationI bo

  8. says:

    An amusing short story a tale of English craftsmanship which impresses the Russian Czar with their very small mechanical dancing steel flea Russian craftsmen are called on to 'improve' the flea which is then returned to England A good little

  9. says:

    A strange little tale amusing but sometimes hard to follow maybe something is lost in translation I am interested

  10. says:

    See of my book reviews on my blog Literary FlitsI picked up this little Penguin Classics short story at a campsite book exchange and read over an hour or so whilst lazing on a beach It's a fun tale of national oneupmanship in which Russian craftsmen are set the task of bettering an English invention a tiny lifesized steel flea automaton which jumps about when wound by a key It's all uite silly and the narrative freuently wanders

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