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Spring 2017
Cover: Elena Kotova

Issue Theme: Happiness

8: The Pursuit of Happiness
Paul E. Richardson
An introduction to the issue.
Literature

13: On the Happiest Time of Life
Nikolai Karamzin
It is the middle ages in life that are the most likely to be the happiest.
:: Translation by Olga Kuzmina

Fiction

17: Oblomov
Ivan Goncharov
An excerpt from the classic tale, where Oblomov describes his notion of true happiness.
:: Translation by Stephen Pearl

Fiction

31: To An Unknown Friend
Mikhail Prishvin
A short, eloquent piece on happiness, presented bilingually.
:: Translation by Olga Kuzmina

Fiction

35: Gooseberries
Anton Chekhov
An excerpt from Chekhov's classic tale about the different notions of happiness.
:: Translation by Constance Garnett

Fiction

47: A Traveler's Tale
Alexei N. Tolstoy
In this quixotic tale within a tale, Tolstoy (who himself had a history of artistic opportunism) explores the experiences of a “superfluous man” whose life spans the Civil War and Revolution, who at once longs for his happy, carefree life before 1914, while reveling in how war “fans the soul.”
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson

Fiction

59: Domestic Bliss
Mikhail Zoshchenko
Zoshchenko addresses the “women’s emancipation” effort that led to the creation of canteens, kindergartens and other social services meant to free women from traditional housework and thereby grant them a happy and dignified life.
:: Translation by Jeremy Hicks

Fiction

63: Anna Karenina
Lev Tolstoy
In these excerpts from Tolstoy’s classic novel, we check in on Anna, Vronsky, Levin and Kitty after all have made their respective romantic choices. None, save perhaps Kitty, are realizing the happiness they dreamed of, but at least two of them will overcome this.
:: Translation by Constance Garnett

Fiction

77: The Book of Happiness
Nina Berberova
The Book of Happiness, loosely based on Nina Berberova’s years spent living in Paris, follows the heroine Vera as she struggles through life abroad with a dying husband. After his passing, Vera meets a stranger who opens her eyes to what it means to be truly content.
:: Translation by Marian Schwartz

Fiction

89: Person to Person
Alexander Grin
A traveler shares a story from his personal life, to show how a chance interaction gave him a new perspective on contentment and happiness.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson

Fiction

96: Purple Honey
Varlam Shalamov
:: Translation by Robert Chandler
Poetry

99: The Same Old Story
Ivan Goncharov
To leave home, a boy must cope with his mother’s anguish. She cannot understand why he would leave behind the happiness of the known to the uncertainty of the unknown. Excerpted from a newly released translation published by Bunim & Bannigan.
:: Translation by Stephen Pearl

Fiction

105: Woe from Wit
Alexander Griboyedov
In Griboyedov’s classic satire on Russian high society, Sophia is in love with Molchalin – a dull collegiate assessor who she is unaware is attempting to seduce her maid Liza (as is Sophia’s father). Enter Chatsky, recently returned from travels, to attempt to win Sophia’s heart. Excerpted from the forthcoming full bilingual edition by Russian Life books.
:: Translation by Bernard Pares

Theatre

119: Happiness
Anton Chekhov
Two old men pass the night sharing tales of buried treasures, wondering at the happiness they might bring. Meanwhile, they are seemingly unaware of the beautiful treasures of nature that surround them in the here and now.
:: Translation by Constance Garnett

Fiction