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April 22, 2014
Nabokov: What to Read
Nabokov: What to Read
By Diana Bruk

Today is Vladimir Nabokov's birthday, so we asked Russian Life contributor and Nabokov expert Diana Bruk where to start when reading the master. She offers with five annotated recommendations.

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Tags: Nabokov, literature
March 19, 2014
Happy Birthday, Gogol and Olesha!
Happy Birthday, Gogol and Olesha!
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

Two writers, two different centuries, one number in common. Actually, Yuri Olesha and Nikolai Gogol have more in common than you think!

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Tags: gogol, olesha, russian literature
October 10, 2013
Spelling Reform: Who Gets the Credit?
Spelling Reform: Who Gets the Credit?
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

Soviet sources praise the Bolsheviks for simplifying Russian spelling in 1918. Who was the real author of the spelling reform, and what was the Bolsheviks' actual role in making it work?

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Tags: russia, 1917, 1918, russian language, spelling, reform, lunacharsky, provisional government
October 1, 2013
The Middle East Crisis and Our New Novel
The Middle East Crisis and Our New Novel
By Dmitry Chen

This editorial, by author (of The Pet Hawk of the House of Abbas) Dmitry Chen, appeared last month on Bloomberg.com, and considers how the current crisis in Syria has its roots 13 centuries ago.

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Tags: Books, Dmitry Chen
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