October 1997

Features in this Issue

Money to the Wind?

Beer is certainly not the first beverage associated with Russia. But, in recent yearsm ales, lagers, porters and stouts have been building a following in the land of vodka.

When the Foam Goes Down

Russia's beer-related lingo, idioms and slang.

A Magnet for Drama

Magnitogorsk is an unlikely venue for a theatrical revival, but, as author Oksana Voronova reports, that is just what a couple of historical accidents has led to.

Ahead of Her Time

Our calendar feature looks at the life and struggles of Marina Tsvetaeva, one of this century's greatest poets.

Departments and More

  • Editorial

    Some Like it Cool

    Just how interested are Westerners in Russia?

  • 5

    Letters to the Editor

    Readers comment and correct.

  • 14
    Travel Notes

    Travel Notes

    The latest from the travel front.

  • 8
    Note Book


    All the news that fits from all across Russia.

  • 19

    Apple Compote for the Soul

    During the Soviet years, jam was often called povidlo for ideological reasons. It is even rumored that one government member was given the personal mission of taking the foreign name “dzhem” off the menus of public catering enterprises, replacing it with the more neutral povidlo.

  • 22

    The Twelve Chairs

    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. Fiction
  • 32

    On Russian Roads

    Our travel experts provide helpful tips on driving Russia's roads, the preparations to make and the mistakes to avoid.

  • 36
    Post Script

    For Whom the Bell Tolls

    A rumination on the waning of Yeltsin's star and the anniversary of the Sputnik satellite.

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