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March 1, 2013
Masha Tattered Rags
Masha Tattered Rags
By Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin

One hundred and fifty years ago, Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin offered a humorous critique of the state of Russian literature in the 1860s. He also wrote some parody "dreadful stories," one of which is translated and reproduced here.

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Tags: literature, humor
November 19, 2012
Anna Karenina: The Puppet Version
Anna Karenina: The Puppet Version
By Robert Blaisdell

The movie is almost too silly to discuss, as if Saturday Night Live decided to do a parody, but nobody but the costume-director and scene-making crew were ready. A puppet resembling Keira Knightley plays Anna; although thin, even scrawny, the animators make her look almost human.

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Tags: reviews, movies, anna karenina, tolstoy, keira knightley
November 17, 2012
Plagiarism, Perevody and Propaganda
Plagiarism, Perevody and Propaganda
By Paul E. Richardson

Two stories out of Russia this weekend reinforced the stereotype that Russian entities (a) don't respect copyrights, yet (b) do value propaganda.

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Tags: copyright, ketchum, kremlin
November 9, 2012
Anna Karenina The First Time
Anna Karenina The First Time
By Bob Blaisdell

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
November 8, 2012
Anna Karenina Every Day
Anna Karenina Every Day
By Robert Blaisdell

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