Прекрасно оформленное подарочное издание фотоальбома, посвященного истории Большого театра. The Bolshoi Theatre is an all-Russian miracle. The theatre itself stages a remarkable combination of architecture, contemporary opera and ballet, enmeshed with shades of history: the theatre brought historical events on the same plane with theatre art and vignettes of the everyday life of the past. A collection of sketches should be written to reflect all this, a best seller revealing scenes, images and fragments of history. It would be a book in the spirit of Gilyarovsky or Orhan Pamuk. Such a book will surely be written one day, but only when an author rises to the extraordinary and profound phenomenon of Russian life that is the Bolshoi Theatre.