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Spring 2013

Spring 2013
Cover: Natasha Karelskaya

Issue Theme: Spies and Imposters

6: Lying Undercover
Alexei Bayer
On the danger of alumni relations, Roman train stations and stray buttons.
Espionage

13: Marseilles
Akhill Levinton
A legendary song about a spy dreaming of escape. Accompanied by a wonderful illustration.
:: Translation by Andrew Glikin-Gusinsky
:: Illustrations/Images by Evgenia Nayberg

Espionage

15: Staff Captain Rybnikov
Alexander Kuprin
It is the height of the Russo-Japanese war, and Staff Captain Rybnikov, based in St. Petersburg, is not exactly he seems to be.
:: Translation by Stella Naulo

Espionage

34: The Call
Vladimir Mayakovsky
Comrades! Danger rears its head from the right!
:: Translation by Andrew Glikin-Gusinsky

Poetry

37: The Tale of the Cowardly Devil
Lev Ovalov
Excerpt from one of the classic Soviet era Major Pronin tales, about a skilled Chekist battling in this case wreckers.
:: Translation by Donna Turkish Seifer

Fiction

60: The Little Button
Yevgeny Dolmatovsky
A lost button leads to the discovery of a spy in this classic Soviet era poem.
:: Translation by Andrew Glikin-Gusinsky

Poetry

62: A Face of Soviet Intelligence
Alexei Bayer
A brief portrayal of a quintessential and typical Soviet intelligence operative, Naum Markovich Belkin.
Espionage

63: Early Spy Films: The Stalin Era
Arseny Zamostyanov
A consideration of the short and vivid history of spy films under Stalin.
:: Translation by Alexei Bayer

Film & Television

74: The Border
Sergei Mikhalkov
A classic song about the Civil War and vigilance in the borderlands.
:: Translation by Andrew Glikin-Gusinsky

Poetry

77: PKHENTS
Andrei Sinyavsky
A masterful sci-fi espionage tale set in Soviet Russia. Really.
:: Translation by Alexei Bayer

Fiction

101: The New World Order
Alexei Bayer
This tale within a tale unravels into a surprising conclusion about the real end of the Cold War.
Fiction