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23 September 2018


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Spanning all things related to Russian and Russian literature.

Caucasian Stalemate

Last Thursday, after several days of skirmishes and confrontation in the breakaway region of Ossetia, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili announced a unilateral cessation of hostilities. Hours later, however, Saakashvili ordered his armed forces to undertake a full-scale assault on Ossetia...

Tags: caucasus, georgia, war
Solzhenitsyn

This morning, Vermont Public Radio called to interview me about Solzhenitsyn's legacy and his life in Vermont. I had just interviewed his wife, Natalya Dmitrievna, while in Moscow in May. We had planned to run that interview in our Nov/Dec issue, to coincide with what would have been the author's 90th birthday. But now we will push it up and run it in our Sep/Oct issue, which goes to press this week. 

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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
The Case Against Brodsky
The Case Against Brodsky

The secret transcript (in Russian) of Joseph Brodsky's show trial in a St. Petersburg court, at which he was sentenced to 5 years (later reduced to 18 months) of hard labor in the North. Short portions of the transcript are often cited, but this full transcript offers a vivid look at the Kafkaesque Soviet system of justice.

Tags: brodsky, poetry, dissidence
Leo Tolstoy
Leo Tolstoy

Learn about the varied life of this Russian writer, born to nobility and author of "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina".

Tags: Tolstoy, literature
Doctor Zhivago and Khrushchev

Find out what this son of peasants turned Premier of the Soviet Union had to do with an upper class writer and his epic novel.

Tags: Literature, khrushchev
Book Picks - Health
Book Picks - Health

Editor's choice of books concerning Russia's health.

Tags: books, russia, health
Book Picks - Literature
Book Picks - Literature

The quantity of great Russian literature titles and translations is virtually endless.  Here are a few favorites from the editor.

Tags: books, russian, literature
Russian Serfs and Nikolai Gogol
Russian Serfs and Nikolai Gogol

The serf system in early 19th century Russia and writer, Nikolai Gogol.

Tags: serfdom, gogol
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Fyodor Dostoevsky

The tormented and, often, tragic life of Russia's great 19th century author of masterpieces such as The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment.

Tags: dostoevsky, literature, writers, russian
Leon Trotsky

Table of contents for complete text of Trotsky's "The Lessons of October."

Tags: russian history, trotsky
Book Picks - Architecture
Book Picks - Architecture

Editor's book choices about Russian architecture.

Tags: russia, russian architecture, books
Book Picks - Russian Orthodox Christianity
Book Picks - Russian Orthodox Christianity

Editor's choice of books about Russian Orthodox Christianity.

Tags: books, religion, orthodox
Book Picks - Government
Book Picks - Government

Editor's picks of books about Russia's government.

Tags: russia, russian government, books
Book Picks - Folklore
Book Picks - Folklore

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

Tags: books, folklore, russia
Anton Chekhov
Anton Chekhov

A brief look at the life and works of Russia's famous writer and dramatist.

Tags: chekhov, playwrite, writers, russian
Book Picks - Former Soviet States
Book Picks - Former Soviet States

Editor's suggestions of books about the transition of the former Soviet States.

Tags: books, former soviet states
Readings for Feast Day of St. Nicholas
Readings for Feast Day of St. Nicholas

Scriptures and prayers for the Orthodox Feast Day of St. Nicholas of Myra.

Tags: st. nicholas, readings, church, christmas
Maxim Gorky
Maxim Gorky

The turbulent life of this Russian author {1868-1936}, his experience with oppression and involvement in the Russian revolution make him one of his country's most loved and important writers. Gorky was born March 28, 1868.

Tags: gorky, writers, russian literature
The Russian Conundrum

An essay on what it takes to understand the conundrum that is Russia.

Tags: russia, history, culture, literature