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November 9, 2012
Anna Karenina The First Time
Anna Karenina The First Time

In this, the second of two posts on Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, the author recounts his discovery of the greatest novel of all time: "I had never lived a book as I lived Anna Karenina."

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Tags: anna karenina, tolstoy, literature
Rating: 5.0 stars
November 8, 2012
Anna Karenina Every Day
Anna Karenina Every Day

Lev Tolstoy's Anna Karenina has been called the greatest novel of all time. But can one really appreciate it as much in English translation versus the Russian original?

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Tags: literature, tolstoy, anna karenina
Rating: 5.0 stars
September 4, 2012
Aristocrats, Churches and Noir
Aristocrats, Churches and Noir

Reviews of five interesting new books for Russophiles: Former People, Nevsky, St. Petersburg Noir, Wooden Churches and Russian Film Posters.

 
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Tags: books, reviews, churches, fiction
Rating: Zero stars
May 27, 2012
Publishing... Flipped!
Publishing... Flipped!

It is conventional wisdom that old-fashioned, ink and pulp publishing is in its death throes. But what if there were a way to "flip" the publishing model in a manner that preserves what is good, adopts what is new and useful, and filters out what is harmful and useless? I think we have found a way...

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Tags: publishing, Russia, Central Asia, Kickstarter
Rating: 4.5 stars
February 29, 2012
Alexander Herzen
Alexander Ivanovich Herzen

The Russian writer Alexander Ivanovich Herzen was born in Moscow on March 25, 1812 (April 6, New Style). Thanks to a famous phrase from Lenin’s “In Memory of Herzen” – “The Decembrists awakened Herzen. Herzen began the task of revolutionary agitation.” – everyone who grew up in the Soviet Union knew Herzen’s name, whether or not they had ever read a line of his work.

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Tags: literature, revolution
Rating: Zero stars
January 10, 2012
Interview with Author William Ryan
Interview with Author William Ryan

William Ryan’s second book featuring MVD Detective Alexei Korolev, The Darkening Field, was released on January 3, 2012. Russian Life Publisher Paul E. Richardson interviewed Ryan about the genesis for his character and the challenges of situating a novel in Soviet Russia.

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Tags: fiction, literature, babel, purges, history
Rating: Zero stars
December 3, 2011
Chtenia 17
Chtenia 17 preview

The next issue of Chtenia, #17, is being laid out this weekend, and as always, there's a deep satisfaction in seeing the whole team's work come to fruition. The theme of the issue is Sport, which at the moment strikes me as a great counterpoint to the winter season, when holidays and cold weather compromise one's fitness routine with such gleeful impunity.

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Tags: vasilisa, sport, bylina
Rating: Zero stars

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