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Jan/Feb 2018

Jan/Feb 2018
Cover: Iakov Filimonov

4: New Year, New Story
Paul E. Richardson
With the turning of the calendar, it is time to look forward, and to think about what this magazine must become.
Editorial

7: Flying Machine
The Editors
The Tretyakov Gallery has completed restoration of a defining artwork of the Russian avant-garde: the ornithopter, or flying machine, created by Vladimir Tatlin in 1932.
Note Book

16: Dark Materials
The Editors
Tracking down the meme of dark materials set in motion by the Russian president.
Internet

21: January & February
Tamara Eidelman
What did Russians experience during January and February in bygone days?
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

History

23: The Historian
Tamara Eidelman
February 1, 1818 was a milestone in the history of Russian culture, marking the release of the first eight volumes of Nikolai Karamzin’s History of the Russian State.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Biography

25: Heir Abhorrent
Tamara Eidelman
On February 3, 1718, Emperor Peter I issued a manifesto depriving Alexei, his son by his first wife, of the right to succeed him to the throne.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

History

28: Words of the Year
Michelle A. Berdy
Every year, a group of Russian word-lovers vote on the word – or rather words – of the year. Here are the results.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

29: On Celebrating the New Year
Natalia Gogolitsyna
In this issue’s Uchites, we look at New Year’s by reading a very old text and learning a popular children’s song.
Uchites

30: Siberian Waters
Ivan Kobilyakov
We travel to a distant, Siberian lake, Russia’s second deepest, in search of the remains of ancient Evenk culture. The reindeer may be largely gone, but fishing is still an important, and powerful, shared tradition.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson
:: Illustrations/Images by Ivan Kobilyakov

Regions

42: Cats in the Fridge
Darya Grebenshchikova
“We do buy newspapers, and why wouldn’t we? It’s all spelled out in the paper – what the weather’s going to be like, how many rubles there are to the dollar, when the district center’s going to have chickens for sale. No, how can you do without the printed word?”
:: Translation by Liv Bliss
:: Illustrations/Images by Asya Lisina

Rural Life

46: Four Museums
In which we tour four museums in four cities and towns in Russia and Ukraine, to see what they tell us about soceity more broadly.
Museums

48: Diaghilev Museum, Perm
Nicole Steinberg
In the first of four museum visits, we go to Perm and learn about the museum dedicated to impresario Sergei Diaghilev.
Museums

51: Museum of the Shestidesyatniki, Kiev
Victoria Juharyan
Next, we go to Kiev, to visit a museum that seeks to preserve the memory of Ukrainians who stood up against the monolithic Soviet state.
Museums

53: Museum of the Sea, Kon-Kolodez
Yulia Skopich
Hundreds of kilometers from the sea, in the backwaters of Lipetsk Oblast, is the small village of Kon-Kolodez (population 1,910), home to the Museum of the Sea.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson

Museums

56: The Museum of Constructivism, Zaporozhia
Nicole Steinberg
In a provincial, working class city in southeastern Ukraine we find a museum and city devoted to Constructivism.
Museums

60: Retaking a Village
Marina Pustilnik
A Russian entrepreneur and family save a village, start an agro business, and share a recipe for Tatar pies.
Cuisine

62: Spies, Found Life, and other Fantasies
Paul E. Richardson
In which we review Amy Knight's Orders to Kill, Linor Goralik's Found Life, a new translation of Monday Starts on Saturday, and the new novel Gogol's Head.
Under Review

64: 164 Days and Counting
The Editors
The new Luzhniki, the stadium in Moscow where the opening and final matches of this summer’s World Cup football (soccer) championships will be held, hosted its first match: a friendly game between Russia and Argentina.
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