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Sochi Olympics Closing Ceremony offers a look at Russian literature (photos)

Russian Literature was honored at the Olympics Closing Ceremony in Sochi Russia.
Russian Literature was honored at the Olympics Closing Ceremony in Sochi Russia.
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The Sochi Olympics Closing Ceremony was full of Russian culture and contributions that the world has gotten from the country. One of the biggest moments might have been seen in pictures. The authors from Russia were honored with big photographs wheeled in and put under a spotlight at the Sochi Olympics Fisht Stadium. According to the Wall Street Journal on Sunday, all the photographs were of famous Russian authors.

What type of Russian literature was seen at the ceremony? Well, it included authors and poets of works that are still taught in schools around the world and impact lives even today. Poetry, fiction and nonfiction authors were represented. Anna Akhmatova, Joseph Brodsky, Mikhail Bulgakov, Anton Checkhov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Alexander Pushkin, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Leo Tolstoy, Marina Tsvetaeva, and Ivan Turgenev where part of this segment.

Viewers watching the moment might not have caught all the names of the Russian authors, but everyone caught the idea of how prolific and extraordinary some individuals are viewed from the Russian culture. As the New York Times suggested, these authors are stars in Russia.

Take a look at the photo slideshow of the Russian literature moment at the Closing Ceremony. There might have been a few flashbacks to college for the viewers as everyone knows the words of these authors in one way or another.