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Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna

Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna
Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna is an occasional contributor to The Imaginative Conservative. She works in public relations for a high-tech firm and is the author of a forthcoming novel and a collection of essays. As an overseas correspondent, her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and Foreign Affairs, among many other publications. Her first book, on the monarchist-communist civil war in Yugoslavia during World War II, was published in 2010. She studied in New York City and lived over a decade in Vienna, Austria.
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Whatever hope is yours, was my life also; I went hunting wild/ After the wildest beauty in the world... —Benjamin Britten, The War Requiem (1962) The Century begins and ends with the third movement of the Eighth Symphony under...

—Yet when we came back, late, from the Hyacinth garden, Your arms full, and your hair wet, I could not Speak, and my eyes failed, I was neither Living nor dead, and I knew nothing, Looking into the heart of light, the silence.    ...
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Lorenzo ‘Il Magnifico‘, on his death bed, turned his face away from Savonarola to look outside at his City as the priest exhorted him to repent of Florence. The prince refused to answer, gazed at the Duomo, sighed...
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"Listen to me, Mr. Ambassador, F--- your parliament and your constitution.... If your prime minister gives me talk about Democracy, Parliament and Constitution, he, his Parliament and his Constitution may not last very long"     ...
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If, on your next trip to Vienna, you set out to understand the personality of this lovely world-capital-that-is-not-a-city, there are three must-sees during your time here that will give you the proper sense of a Durrellian spirit of...
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Oh! What a Revolution! And what a heart I must have to contemplate without emotion that elevation and that fall!  —Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France On the 20th...

Sir John Carew Eccles "The Nature of Man is the ultimate quest of Science." —Sir John Carew Eccles "Let us kill Mind!" Otto Neurath declared in 1921. Such was the mental death...
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"Abbey in an Oak Forest," by Caspar David Friedrich (1809-1810) Deep roots are untouched by frost. —J.R.R Tolkien It has been said that the Germanic soul and the...
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“Le grand absent—c'est l'Empire" C. Dufour, Constantinople Imaginaire Everywhere Western man longs for Constantinople and nowhere has he any idea how to find her. To do so is to reclaim, at last, the meaning of an empire that...

Seneca, the Roman philosopher, relates the story of the murder of Callisthenes by Alexander the Great, the "everlasting crime" of the Macedonian leader. Seneca wrote: "For when someone says, 'Alexander killed many thousands of Persians'...