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July/August 2007

July/August 2007

7: Film Flam
Paul E. Richardson
A look at how film is falling into service of the State.
Note Book

19: A New Art: Theater and the 18-hour Meal
Tamara Eidelman
When Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko met for their famous 18-hour meal in the summer of 1897, they could hardly have known they would change theater forever.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

21: A Russian Feminist
Tamara Eidelman
Anna Filosofova was born in 1837 and lived in 1912. She was one of Russia's first and most successful feminists.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

23: The Grand Illusion
Tamara Eidelman
Russia went to war with the Ottoman Empire in 1877 for what it thought were noble reasons. Yet, in the end, it turned out the usual way. A look back at that era, with contemporaneous accounts by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

26: Like a Good Neighbor
Mikhail Ivanov
There are good neighbors and there are bad neighbors. In this linguistic diversion, we peer under the hood for useful phrases in dealing with either sort.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

28: Russian Sitka
Will Swagel
Nestled between the mountains and the sea, this unassuming harbor town was for sixty years the capital of Russian America. Today, 140 years on, there is still a strong Russian imprint in this former colonial outpost.
Features

36: The Arbitrary and the Inevitable
Ilya Ovchinnikov
Igor Stravinsky was one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. And, though he lived most of his life in France and the U.S., he was Russian to the core. This year is the 125th anniversary of his birth.
Features

39: The Bug that Brought Russia to its Knees
Laura Williams
Just under a century ago, a nefarious pest migrated (thanks to war and industrial farming) from the southwestern U.S. to the Russian heartland. Ever since, potatoes – a staple in the Russian diet also brought from the Americas –?have been under siege.
:: Illustrations/Images by Igor Shpilenok

Features

44: The Nabokov Code
Marina Oks
Vladimir Nabokov was a multi-faceted genius. Gifted in lepidoptery, chess, translation and criticism, he was also one of the best writers of the 20th century – in both Russian and English.
Features

52: A Russian Village in Connecticut
Andrei Harwell
After fleeing the Bolshevik Revolution, a handful of Russian émigrés sought to build a utopian artistic community in southern Connecticut.
Features

59: Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves
Laura Williams
A crime is committed in Laura's village by some wandering gypsies. So her husband takes the law into his own hands...
Notes from a Russian Village

61: Philsophy and Architecture
Paul E. Richardson
We review Motherland: A Philosophilcal History of Russia, and Russian Architecture and the West, both invaluable books for the Russophile. Plus we note the winner of this year's Rossica Translation Prize. Follow this link for links to purchase books reviewed in this and previous issues.
Under Review

62: Culinary Detente
Darra Goldstein
A wonderful recipe for shortbread almond cookies, which just happen to have a Cold War history to them.
Cuisine

64: Farewell to a Maverick
Paul E. Richardson
We bid farewell to the First President of Russia, with some pithy and fascinating quotes from those who knew and claimed to know him.
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