Apr/May 1999

Features in this Issue

30 Years Under the White Sun

Russians' favorite movie, White Sun of the Desert, turns 30 this month. But for the movie's director, Vladimir Motyl, it has not been three decades of glamour and fame.

Close Quarters: The Rise & Fall of the Kommunalka

Seven percent of Russians live in communal apartments, kommunalki. By all indications, this dinosaur from the communist era will not be extinct anytime soon.

A Chichikov For Our Times

A review of Mark Zakharov's new play, Mystification, based loosely on Gogol's Dead Souls.

Nabokov on Gogol

Comparing the two authors, who stand as literary bookends for the 20th century.

A Birthday Gift

A short piece on the centennial birthday celebration for Nabokov to be held in his childhood home in downtown St. Petersburg.

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