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Liberty
January 01, 2002

Liberty

By Mikhail Butov

We look back on the first decade of a Free Russia with this Literary Excerpt from Mikhail Butov's award-winning novel, Liberty. Butov offers a poignant and humorous portrait of his generation's coming of age after the collapse of the Soviet empire.

Pontius Pilate
July 01, 2001

Pontius Pilate

By Mikhail Bulgakov

Without question, Mikhail Bulgakov's masterwork is his novel, The Master and Margarita, finished just before his death in 1940. To introduce his work to a wider audience, we present here the "masterful" second chapter of the novel, in which Pontius Pilate confronts Yeshua.

The Twelve Chairs
October 01, 1997

The Twelve Chairs

By Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov In this installment of our quarterly literary insert, we present an excerpt from a wonderful translation of Ilf & Petrov's Twelve Chairs. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Ilf's birthday.
Senka
May 01, 1996

Senka

By Viktor Nekrasov

Life at the front during WWII is vividly portrayed in this short work, Senka, by one of Russia's most eminent war writers.

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