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March 19, 2014
Happy Birthday, Gogol and Olesha!
Happy Birthday, Gogol and Olesha!

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
Rating: Zero stars
October 10, 2013
Spelling Reform: Who Gets the Credit?
Spelling Reform: Who Gets the Credit?

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
Rating: Zero stars
October 1, 2013
The Middle East Crisis and Our New Novel
The Middle East Crisis and Our New Novel

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
Rating: Zero stars
March 1, 2013
Masha Tattered Rags
Masha Tattered Rags

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
Rating: Zero stars
November 19, 2012
Anna Karenina: The Puppet Version
Anna Karenina: The Puppet Version

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
Rating: 5.0 stars
November 17, 2012
Plagiarism, Perevody and Propaganda
Plagiarism, Perevody and Propaganda

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
Rating: 5.0 stars
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

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