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Winter 2014

Winter 2014
Cover: Dmitry Zverev

Issue Theme: Storied Moscow

6: Moscow Believes
Paul E. Richardson and Olga Kuzmina
It's harder, and easier, than one might think to put together an issue of Chtenia devoted to Moscow.

6: Photography
Dmitry Zverev
Dmitry Zverev's black and white photos in this issue capture the sense of the capital as a small village, a humming metropolis, a place of solitude amid chaos...

17: Notes Upon Russia
Sigismund von Herberstein
First published in 1549, von Herberstein’s account of Moscow (and Russia more generally) was the main early European source of information on Russia in the sixteenth century.

23: A Pestilential Distemper in Russia
William Richardson
On the Massacre of the Archbishop of Moscow and a fever running through the capital.

27: Moscow and St. Petersburg: 1842
Alexander Herzen
Herzen's classic comparison of Russia's two capitals, in which he finds much to love and loathe in each.
:: Translation by John Leafgren


38: Evgeny Onegin
Alexander Pushkin
A short excerpt from the classic poem, where Pushkin sings Moscow's praises.
:: Translation by James Falen


41: Khitrovka
Vladimir Gilyarovsky
One of the most famous chapters from this classic work, about the seamy underbelly of Moscow at the turn of the last century.
:: Translation by Brendan Kiernan


68: The Past's Dead and Gone
Bulat Okudzhava
The great poet's lyrical tribute to the Moscow that once was...
:: Translation by Lydia Razran Stone


71: Guide for Moscow Visitors
Sasha Chyorny
The author's 15-point guide to surviving a visit to the capital.
:: Translation by Eugenia Sokolskaya


75: The Shopping Renaissance
Mikhail Bulgakov
A consideration of what NEP wrought in Moscow, from one of Russia's greatest writers.
:: Translation by Mila Sanina and Michael Wagner


81: The Moscow Eccentric
Andrei Bely
A fascinating look at life in post-revolutionary Moscow, in this never-before-translated excerpt from Bely's little known novel about the capital. All the more amazing for the fact that it is written (and translated) in metered prose. Presented here in our bilingual format (English and Russian on facing pages)
:: Translation by Daniel O’Carroll


101: Clear Ponds
Yuri Nagibin
A truly wonderful memoir of life growing up along Moscow's boulevard, by a writer hardly published in English.
:: Translation by Olga Kuzmina


113: Midnight Trolley
Bulat Okudzhava
One of Okudzhava's most beloved poems.
:: Translation by Lydia Razran Stone


115: The Great Stone Bridge
Alexander Terekhov
An excerpt from a new novel about an infamous murder case in Moscow that revealed a horrific layer of elite corruption and bigotry. The excerpt introduces the scene of the crime, looking at the history and mystery of this great bridge.
:: Translation by Simon Patterson and Nina Chordas


123: A Visit
Dmitry Bykov
In this hilarious bit of rhyming prose, one of Russia's most prolific and interesting modern writers offers a sendup of the propiska system. Presented in bilingual format, with Russian and English on facing pages.
:: Translation by Daniel O’Carroll


128: My City Now is Drowsing
Bulat Okudzhava
A final poem by Okudzhava to close out this issue devoted to his beloved city.
:: Translation by Lydia Razran Stone