Dmitri N. Shalin
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The heroine of Thomas Mann's "The Magic Mountain," a Russian woman named Shosha, explains to Hans Kastorz, a German, what Russians mean by morals: "Morality? Do you want to know about morality? Well, we believe that morality is not to be found in virtue, that is, not in reason, discipline, good manners, or honesty; quite to the contrary, we find it in sinfulness, in danger to which one exposes oneself and evil which could devour us. We believe it is morally loftier to perish, to drive oneself into the ground, than to save one's soul. . . ."
Ethics; Moral conditions; National characteristics; Russia; Russians in literature
Other Arts and Humanities | Philosophy | Slavic Languages and Societies
Popular Culture: Russian Folklore and Mores. In Dmitri N. Shalin,
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