The Slave Soul of Russia: Moral Masochism and the Cult of Suffering

The Slave Soul of Russia: Moral Masochism and the Cult of Suffering

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Why, Daniel Rancour-Laferriere wonders in this controversial book, was Russia a land of suffering? Russian history, religion, folklore and literature are full of suffering. The plight of Anna Karenina, the subjugation of serfs in the 16th and 17th centuries, ancient religious treatises emphasizing humility as the mother of virtues, the trauma of the Bolshevik revolution, the current economic upheavals afflicting the country - this is just this. of the symptoms of what The Slave Soul of Russia calls a true cult of suffering that has developed over the centuries.

By unearthing dozens of examples of Self-Defeating activities and behaviors that have become an integral part of the Russian psyche, Rancour-Laferriere convincingly illustrates how masochism has become a part of everyday life in Russia. So far, much attention has been paid to the psychology of Russian leadership and its impact on the state of the country. Here is for the first time a compelling portrait of the psychology of the Russian people.

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