AN INTRODUCTION TO ?THE HEART OF ASIA? BY NIKOLAI RERIKH

AN INTRODUCTION TO ?THE HEART OF ASIA? BY NIKOLAI RERIKH

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AN INTRODUCTION TO ‘THE HEART OF ASIA’ BY NIKOLAI RERIKH

 
Dr. Dmitry Shlapentokh

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AN INTRODUCTION TO ‘THE HEART OF ASIA’ BY
NIKOLAI RERIKH

 

Dr. Dmitry Shlapentokh

 

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Nikolai Rerikh, a.k.a. Nicholas Roerich, was a Russian painter, philosopher, writer, traveller amongst many other things. This is an e-article about his book ‘The Heart of Asia’.

The book, The Heart of Asia, is focused on Nikolai Rerikh’s Asian trip in the 1920s and provides useful insight in the development of Rerikh thought and valuable information about the life and culture of the people in this area, especially China and India. Nikolai Rerikh travels included India, China, Tibet, Mongolia, Altai and Kalmykia.

Sikkim was apparently the place which had fascinated Rerikh more than other places which he had visited during his trip. He was clearly amazed by the natural beauty of the place and this would apparently provide him an important feedback for quite a few of his pictures. He noted “In no other places on the Earth one could see two absolutely different worlds. On one hand, it is terrestrial world with rich vegetation, shining butterflies, pheasants, raccoons, monkeys, snakes and all other multitude of living creatures which populated perennial green jungle of Sikkim. At the same time, beyond the clouds, shine the different country which has nothing to do with swarming anthills of the jungles. This is a world of always moving ocean of clouds and variety of fogs.”

The book was published by American publishing house, Atlas, with which Rerikh had maintained a close relationship for a long time. Upon his return from the trip, he apparently soon sends a manuscript to the publisher which publishes it in 1929. The year was especially important for Rerikh. In 17 October 1929, the new “grandious building was created for cultural-educational institution and for N.K. Rerikh museum” in the USA which in way commemorated 40 year anniversary of his work as a scholar and painter. The work is not a well organized narrative but a sort of combination of loosely connected essays or diary entries which touch several themes. They embraced such a diverse subject from Rerikh’s warm feelings toward the USA to the political/social condition in the countries through which his expedition travelled.

 

 

DR. DMITRY SHLAPENTOKH is currently Associate Professor of History at Indiana University in South Bend. He is the author of several books and more than a hundred articles. Dr. Shlapentokh holds Masters’ degrees from Moscow State University (Russia) and Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in Russian/European History from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Shlapentokh is also on the faculty at Strategic Studies Institute, United States Army War College.

 

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