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Chtenia: Winter 2017

Winter 2017

Issue Theme: The Year 1917

6: The Lens of History Paul E. Richardson and Olga Kuzmina
1917 was a turning point – in history, and in literature. That is what this issue is all about.
Literature

14: Russian Revolution Mikhail Kuzmin
:: Translation by Boris Dralyuk
Poetry

19: The Soul's Pendulum Alexander Grin
The Revolution is a great historical event that requires an individual's participation.
:: Translation by Maria Bloshteyn

Fiction

25: Six Month in Red Russia Louise Bryant
A gripping, and sympathetic memoir of the revolution by a pathbreaking journalist of her day.
Memoir

42: North. – Northeaster. Marina Tsvetaeva
A note on the wine riots.
:: Translation by Boris Dralyuk

Poetry

45: Future Prospects Mikhail Bulgakov
The great author's first publication focused on his thoughts on the war.
:: Translation by Martha Kelly

Memoir

50: Russia Andrei Bely
"O Russia, Russia, Russia / Messiah of the coming day..."
:: Translation by Gerard Shelley

Poetry

53: Surgeon Grow Malcolm Grow
The only American attached as a regimental surgeon to a Russian army unit gives an up close look at what the war and revolution were like.
Memoir

64: The Twelve Alexander Blok
An excerpt from Blok's iconic poem.
:: Translation by Boris Dralyuk and Robert Chandler

Poetry

88: I Forged My Iron Flowers Mikhail Gerasimov
:: Translation by Boris Dralyuk
Poetry

91: The Guillotine Nadezhda Teffi
A propoundly moving and blackly-humorous story about revolution and its sheep led to slaughter.
:: Translation by Rose France

Fiction

98: Vladimir Ilyich! Vladimir Mayakovsky
A paean to the Soviet leader by the regime's most beloved poet.
:: Translation by James Womack

Poetry

103: The Dragon Yevgeny Zamyatin
A dragon signifies the grotesqueness of life under the Bolsheviks.
:: Translation by Mirra Ginsburg

Fiction

105: A Mere Trifle Yefim Zozulya
A story that captures the uncertainty and anarchy of the post-revolutionary period.
:: Translation by Louis S. Friedland

Fiction

129: The 'Merican Vsevolod Ivanov
An American interventionist soldier is captured by a band of revolutionary soldiers.
:: Translation by Louis S. Friedland

Fiction