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Literary roundup:Russian literature in marked and unmarked museums

On finding (and not finding) Russia’s literary history in a museum in a villa in Odessa founded by a former KGB operative and in an unassuming looking Moscow apartment building.

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Photos - from the Odessa State Literary Museum

The usefulness of Russian literature
Tolstoy for doctors, Dostoevsky for political scientists …
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The usefulness of Russian literature

Tolstoy for doctors, Dostoevsky for political scientists …

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Gogol, refuge and translations: new magazines
“I like the bigness and darkness of 19th-century Russian literature. (I brought Crime and Punishment with me on my honeymoon.)” – Roddy Doyle
[No word on what his wife brought].
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Gogol, refuge and translations: new magazines

“I like the bigness and darkness of 19th-century Russian literature. (I brought Crime and Punishment with me on my honeymoon.)” – Roddy Doyle

[No word on what his wife brought].

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When Russian novels make it to the big screen it is usually because they  either already have enough melodrama to turn them into marketable films  (Doctor Zhivago) or because screenwriting assassins can be found to cut  out the wordy parts and stick to the scenes of carriage rides, furtive  kisses and duels.

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Portrait of Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol

When Russian novels make it to the big screen it is usually because they either already have enough melodrama to turn them into marketable films (Doctor Zhivago) or because screenwriting assassins can be found to cut out the wordy parts and stick to the scenes of carriage rides, furtive kisses and duels.

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Portrait of Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol