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S be brought about by the passion of the young So at once he s able to give full recognition to those paved the way while showing that by the time the starts were aligned they were powerless to bring about the change themselves The nd is tragic and hopeful at the same time because the audience has the outside knowledge the same time because the audience has the outside knowledge these ideas will live on and their revolution will come to pass but so will all their fears of chaos and anarchy It is true that the dream of a peaceful revolution from above is just that a dream Salvage the concluding play in Tom Stoppard s trilogy The Coast of Utopia addresses the concept of liberty In this part Alexander Herzen and his inner circle are Russian Class and Conformity exiles living in London England according to Nicholas Ogarev Herzen s best friend is a country whereven beggars receive a degree of liberty British policemen unlike Russian policemen are unable to arrest beggars for vagrancy Ogarev also sees England as a country where thousands of people die daily from poverty Ogarev states With all this liberty there s no beggar in France or Russia as destitute as the London poor and with all this poverty no Frenchman or Russian has his liberty guarded like a London beggar Therefore the uestion naturally arises In England are poverty and liberty inseparable This uestion continues when Tsar Alexander II much to Herzen s delight frees the Russian serfs However the serfs believe that the land they worked for now belongs to them and when they come to realize this isn t accurate they will in fact have to pay rent for their plots freedom bears an uncanny resemblance to serfdom Salvage reads as a lament and it Descartes and His Contemporaries explores the tensions between communal and communistic socialism Herzen advocates commercial socialism a system whereach household has its own plot In Part II of The Coast of Utopia Herzen witnessed the violence of the European Revolution firsthand and this High Tide at Midnight experience strongly influenced his feelings against aggressive forms of social change At thend of Salvage Herzen tells Ogarev We have to open men s yes and not tear them out This "nonviolent sentiment however is not favored by a growing number of Russians those who ventually become the Bolsheviks Salvage shows "sentiment however is not favored by a growing number of Russians those who Deceptive Beauties eventually become the Bolsheviks Salvage showsmergence of nihilism and this new generation sees the ideas of Herzen and his contemporaries as tedious sentimental and addicted to nostalgia The Coast of Utopia concludes with Herzen feeling responsible for the impending violence He foresees himself as the future custodian ofa desecrated grave The tomb of course refers to Russia The intelligentsia has been replaced with the nihilists and Herzen s writings will soon be overpowered by violence This whole play was just fantastic I wish I d have been able to see it. T self proclaimed socialist in Russia who becomes the main focus of this drama of politics love loss and betrayal In The Coast of Utopia Stoppard presents an inspired xamination of the struggle between romantic anarchy utopian idealism and practical reformatio. Salvage Stoppard Tom Coast of Utopia Pt 3The last play of The Coast of Utopia is legiac in tone Herzen s dream of a liberalized and humane Russia has been shouldered aside by a generation of radical activists who see him as a doddering anachronism in the words of one a millionaire socialist But Herzen could intuit if not xactly foresee that the radicals absolutism would simply replace one form

Russian despotism with another which the first tragedy of Russia s 20th century The Coast of Utopia is a masterpiece melding Russian history the volution of Russian political thought in "the 19th century and the real characters lives I reread the trilogy this "19th century and the real characters lives I reread the trilogy this and I remain in awe of its intellectual scope One of the truly great plays of our time but read this trilogy in order This is part three Part three of Stoppard s pic trilogy about 19th century Russian philosophy politics and literature Rapturously received when it was produced I don t think it ranks with his best work Saw the transcendent serial production of the trilogy during consecutive weeks at Lincoln Center thx G ma while reading the scripts in between shows Amazing on very level Not only vintage Stoppard but an Forgery, Replica, Fiction epic career centerpiece Since this is a trilogy of three plays that tells one story I thought I would wait until I finished all three before putting down some thoughts One can t help but greatly admire what Stoppard had achieved here and I m sure that one stage the grand scale of all this is deeply seductive but I m not sure if my feelings go much beyond admiration Part of that may be my fault as I came to these plays knowing next to nothing about Bakunin and Herzen the historical figures at the center of this so I already felt a bit at arm s length from the proceedings My main difficulty though is that while there are magnificent moments here the massive scope of this months and years passing between scenes let alone plays lessened my ability to connect with the characters and their revolutionary struggles It felt like Stoppard was trying to serve two masters here character and history Completing the trilogy that comprise The Coast of Utopia Salvage opens with Alexander Herzen resting at his home in Hampstead England He dreams of a pantheon ofmigre friends political refugees from Germany Poland France Italy and Hungary It is A dream about xiles he xplains an almost unreal world much like the one he himself inhabits in the center of the vortex of those trying still to organise and cause change in Russia from far abroad It is five years after the revolutionary turmoil of 1848 but the turmoil and lack of direction seem pervasive among the radicals The First Act continues juxtaposing domestic turmoils of the Herzen family a new German tutor for the childre. Salvage is the third part of The Coast of Utopia Tom Stoppard's long awaited and monumental trilogy that xplores a group of friends who came of age under the Tsarist autocracy of Nicholas I and for whom the term intelligentsia was coined Among them are the ana. ,

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N Natalie and Nicholas Ogarev and others With their tribulations in the forefront the background of change for Russia becomes a descant that is briefly heard from with discussions of the new publication The Bell that provides a tocsin for the opponents of the Tsar The freeing of the Serfs as an vent seems not to satisfy Escape either the radicals or the Tsar In Act Two Nicholas Chernyshevsky appears on the scene providing another opportunity for dialogue with Herzen over the best approach toffect change in Russia There is not a definitive answer to that uestion beyond the continuing disagreement There is also the voice of Turgenev who gently opposes those who deride him and what he does believing that his art does also serve some purpose and responds when asked what his purpose was in writing a fiction My purpose My purpose was to write a novelThe nostalgia of Herzen for his homeland leads him to rue his decision to leave it The Empty Chair even though he would likely face prison and Siberia if he were to return The lives of the Russianxiles are romantic only in an ironic sense as the fog and mist of England mask their disappointments I have to admit that I fell into the subconcious trap of reading these plays as though they were The Russian Revolution as told from the yes of the philosophers in the same way one could write a series of plays about the French revolution as sold from the philosophers in the same way one could write a series of plays about the French revolution as sold from point of view of Locke or Robespierre Of course this series is much a biographical sketch of Herzen and Bakunin two historical figures whose philosophies are intricately tied with the movement that would become the Russuam Revolution but who didn t actually live to see it happen The truth of this because plainly obvious before the nd of the second play and yet still like an idiot I felt this jarring sense of incompleteness at the Lit end of the third play because the actionnded when Herzen dies as opposed to going up to the assasination of the Romanov family the real climax I was waiting for So far this review is much about my own lameness than it is about the finale of this trilogy lets see if I can bring it home I think the conclusion and the choice of timeline creates a very interesting juxtaposition The audience travels through the lifetimes of these historical figured and follows the story through to a "Conclusion So There Is A "so there #Is A Of Finality #a of finality completion and yet not because in the historical context the revolution has yet to Award-Winning Books for Children and Young Adults, 1990-1991 even begin So though we ve traveled through all the dramatic devices to the conclusion of the story its nothing than a preuel to the mailvent I love Stoppards use of this finality as a gateway to drive home one of the main points of the play revolution is not the relm of old philosophers it will alway. Rchist Michael Bakunin who was to challenge Marx for the soul of the masses; Ivan Turgenev author of some of the most nduring works in Russian literature; the brilliant rratic young critic Vissarion Belinsky; and Alexander Herzen a nobleman's son and the firs. ,