I don’t like sport.

I don’t like totalitarian regimes.

I’m not particularly keen on modern politics….

So is it wrong that I’m still emotionally falling to bits after seeing a huge chunk of my favourite authors appearing in the Sochi closing ceremony?? Particularly seeing Mayakovsky, Bulgakov and Tsvetaeva up there, having spent much of their lives fighting the authorities. And the actors performing as Tolstoy and Akhmatova were pretty spot on.

Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

 

2014 Winter Olympic Games - Closing Ceremony

Gogol and Lermontov

2014 Winter Olympic Games - Closing CeremonyMayakovsky!!!!!!!

2014 Winter Olympic Games - Closing CeremonyNabokov, Bulgakov and Tsvetaeva

Basically – I just *love* Russian authors!!

The ceremony is still on the UK BBC iPlayer if you want to see this bit – about 1hr 20 mins in – just ignore the totally stupid and insulting commentary which really was reprehensible….

(photos mainly from examiner.com)