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18 November 2018


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Art

From art to film, from music to photography.

Must See Films, Must Read Fiction

In our 100th issue, we have a long feature, "100 Things Everyone Should Know About Russia," with loads of factoids, notes, lists and essays. We figured our list of the "must read" fiction and "must see" movies would be a bit contentious (and certainly foreshortened). So we are posting the lists here for reader comment and supplementation...

Tags: film, fiction, literature, books, movies, arts
Voloshin Poems
Voloshin Poems

Translator Constantine Rusanov has crafted these wonderful English versions of 11 of Maximilian Voloshin's poems. They are reprinted here with permission. The copyright to the English versions remains with Mr. Rusanov. To see the English translations alongside the original Russian, download <a href="http://www.russianlife.net/pdf/voloshin.pdf">this PDF file</a>.

Tags: voloshin, poetry, literature, koktebel
Avast, there be pirates!

To quote Dave Barry, I am not making this up...

Visit this top level site for a very proud and propagandistic video of Putin accepting the nomination to head the Unified Russia party in the upcoming Duma elections. Very nicely and professionally done, even if a bit, well, over the top.

But the fun part is this. Listen very closely to the soundtrack (much easier if you don't understand Russian). The music which is playing just a

Hermitage Cats

A look at the cats that guard one of the world's great museums.

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Photo Favorites
Photo Favorites

A gallery of my favorite photographs from St. Petersburg Times photographers Alexander Belenky and Sergey Grachev.  These gentlemen have not published a picture I did not like.  My favorites are those that I feel best showcase their talents and portray Russian life and culture.

Tags: russia, photographs
Russian Imperial Easter Eggs
Russian Imperial Easter Eggs

Skilled craftsman, Carl Fabergé, and his unsurpassed eggs which were presented to the Tsar's family each Easter.

Tags: russia, faberge eggs, easter
Book Picks - Architecture
Book Picks - Architecture

Editor's book choices about Russian architecture.

Tags: russia, russian architecture, books
Music During the Soviet Regime
Music During the Soviet Regime

Great composers of 20th century Russia. This feature includes four MIDI sound files of well-known works.

Tags: music, composers, soviet era
Amber Room
Amber Room

This gift from Germany to Peter I, taken away by Nazi Germany and feared to be lost forever to history has been partially reconstructed.

Tags: russia, germany, amber room
Book Picks - Folklore
Book Picks - Folklore

Editor's choice of books about Russian folklore and folktales.

Tags: books, folklore, russia
Andrey Rublev
Andrey Rublev

The author of the Old Testament Trinityicon; his life and other works.

Tags: rublev, icons, trinity, orthodox church
Russian Ladies of the Avant-garde
Russian Ladies of the Avant-garde

Set against the backdrop of revolution and civil war the Avant-garde period in Russia was very dynamic. In honor of International Women's Day (March 8), we take a look at the lives and works of six very special Avant-garde artists.

Tags: avant garde, women, art
Russian Icons
Russian Icons

A discussion of this unique spiritual art form with many colorful examples.

Tags: icons, art, orthodox church
Nina Novikova, St. Petersburg Artist
Nina Novikova, St. Petersburg Artist

The life and works of this thirty-eight year old, single mother and wonderful artist.

Tags: art, st. petersburg, nina novikova
Golden Khokhloma
Golden Khokhloma

Unique and enchanting folk art from the region of Transvolga.

Tags: russian, khokhloma, folkart
Portraits of St. Petersburg
Portraits of St. Petersburg

Thirty years ago, Valentin Baranovsky began to take pictures of both everyday life and major events in his home town. This became a unique one-man artistic project to document three decades of St.Petersburg life. The photographs, to be presented in book form and through exhibitions, date from 1970 to 2000.

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Shawls of Pavlovsky Posad
Shawls of Pavlovsky Posad

From a land not known for high fashion and which many Westerners think is filled with gray clad babushkas, the Pavlovsky Posad shawls come as quite a surprise.

Tags: Pavlovsky Posad, shawls, gifts
All that Glitters . . . Or Something More?
All that Glitters . . . Or Something More?

Why are we so fascinated with the lavish and expensive creations of the House of Faberge?

Tags: russia, faberge, eggs, romanovs