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May 27, 2012
Publishing... Flipped!
Publishing... Flipped!
By Paul E. Richardson

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
February 29, 2012
Alexander Herzen
Alexander Ivanovich Herzen
By Ilya Ovchinnikov

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
January 10, 2012
Interview with Author William Ryan
Interview with Author William Ryan
By Paul E. Richardson

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
December 3, 2011
Chtenia 17
Chtenia 17 preview
By Nina Shevchuk-Murray

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
November 18, 2011
Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and a Few Spies
Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and a Few Spies

Reviews of some recent books on Tolstoy, Spying and the end of the USSR. And a new translation of an often overlooked work by Dostoyevsky. As published in the November/December 2011 issue of Russian Life.

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