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Chtenia: Summer 2014

Summer 2014
Cover: Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin

Issue Theme: The War to End All

6: Russia's Great War
Boris Dralyuk
On the notion of Russia's "lost war" and the effect of WWI on Russian literature.
Literature

18: In Memoriam
Anna Akhmatova
:: Translation by Judith Hemschemeyer
Poetry

20: July 1914
Anna Akhmatova
:: Translation by Judith Hemschemeyer
Poetry

22: War is Declared
Vladimir Mayakovsky
:: Translation by Dorian Rottenberg
Poetry

24: I Myself
Vladimir Mayakovsky
:: Translation by Boris Dralyuk
Poetry

27: Yavdokha
Nadezhda Teffi
An illiterate peasant woman receives a letter from her son at the front.
:: Translation by Anne Marie Jackson

War

33: My Reply
Igor Severyanin
:: Translation by Boris Dralyuk
Poetry

34: Knight of the Air
Sergei Gorodetsky
In memory of Pyotr Nesterov.
:: Translation by Boris Dralyuk

Poetry

37: The Face of War
Ilya Ehrenburg
Ehrenburg's powerful first hand account of the WWI battlefront.
:: Translation by Nina Shevchuk-Murray

War

61: Quiet
Zinaida Gippius
:: Translation by Boris Dralyuk
Poetry

62: The Petrograd Sky Had Grown Turbid With Rain
Alexander Blok
:: Translation by Boris Dralyuk
War

64: A Wife to a Reservist
Fyodor Sologub
:: Translation by Boris Dralyuk
War

66: War
Nikolai Gumilyov
:: Translation by Boris Dralyuk
Poetry

66: The Wounded Soldier
Leonid Andreyev
On war and antisemitism.
:: Translation by Avrahm Yarmolinsky

War

72: Newspapers
Maximilian Voloshin
:: Translation by Boris Dralyuk
Poetry

75: The Wild Battalion
Kirill Levin
What happens when a battalion tries to desert the front.
War

84: Without Justification
Zinaida Gippius
:: Translation by Boris Dralyuk
War

87: Before Sunrise
Mikhail Zoshchenko
A powerful first-hand account of his time at the front, which surely influenced this great satirist's views on human nature.
:: Translation by Gary Kern

War

108: Fire, the rope, the bullet, and the axe
Nikolai Tikhonov
:: Translation by Boris Dralyuk
Poetry

111: Near Smorgon
Valentin Katayev
War shows its modern face.
:: Translation by Eugenia Sokolskaya

War

122: Mama and the Evening Killed by the Germans
Vladimir Mayakovsky
:: Translation by James McGavran
Poetry

125: The Cold Fall
Ivan Bunin
The effects of war on a single life.
:: Translation by Robert Bowie

War