Monday, 28 January 2013
How Very Caucasian

Went to a birthday celebration on Saturday. A Russian friend was being feted. He told tales of seeing Viktor Shklovsky in Moscow,  and Andrey Sinyavsky in Paris, and of once meeting Molotov.  He offered a dismissive review of the latest movie version of Anna Karenina, comparing it unfavorably not to the Soviet version, which I would have expected,  but to the one he, and all the other Russians present,  considered to be the best version in any language -- the big-budget American spectacular with Audrey Hepburn. Then he talked of the places he was hoping to visit, on one last wild crazy trip he was planning  to take abroad: to Lima, Buenos Aires, Rio, Tahiti, and Easter Island.

The delicious food included matnakash, satsivi, caviar. How very, I realized later, Caucasian.

Posted on 01/28/2013 3:30 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
28 Jan 2013
Send an emaildavidr

 That would have been "War and Peace", no?

28 Jan 2013
Send an emailRebecca Bynum

That's right, Audrey Hepburn never played Anna Karenina, but Jacqueline Bisset did.

28 Jan 2013
Hugh Fitzgerald

You are both right, and I was wrong. The birthday boy  first explained what he found so unsatisfactory, so untrue to Tolstoy's realism, with t he current "Anna Karenina" -- presented as a spectacle -- and then  from there went on to different versions of "War and Peace" and to Audrey Hepburn. 

As to the rest -- the food -- I did not misremember. Erst kommt das Fressen, dann kommt die Morale.