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'Cynics' by Anatoly Mariengof

Review of a Russian novella published in Berlin in 1928 and not in Russia until 1988. Brilliant and shocking in the extreme.

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Literary roundup: Ukrainian Literature Day, another Bulgakov film, and Russian women writers
On an adaptation of Bulgakov’s Country Doctor’s Notebook starring Harry Po Daniel Radcliffe, Ukrainian Literature and Language Day and the who’s, what’s and why’s of today’s great women writers from Russia.
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Photo - from A Young Doctor’s Notebook

Literary roundup: Ukrainian Literature Day, another Bulgakov film, and Russian women writers

On an adaptation of Bulgakov’s Country Doctor’s Notebook starring Harry Po Daniel Radcliffe, Ukrainian Literature and Language Day and the who’s, what’s and why’s of today’s great women writers from Russia.

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Photo - from A Young Doctor’s Notebook

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

Viktor Shklovsky for Kids

How many Russian formalist critics do you know who also wrote animation scripts? Really, that many? Damn.

For an article about Shklovsky’s adaptation of Yury Olesha’s The Three Fat Men and Pushkin’s The Golden Rooster, including links, click here.

Photos - from the two films mentioned above/© Animator.ru

Literary roundup: Libya through Hungarian eyes, Akhmatova weighs in, and the dark marvelous
A story from Pilvax Magazine from Hungarian writer and war correspondent Sándor Jászberényi, more on Solzhenitsyn and a story from the Italian master of the fantastic Dino Buzzati.
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Photo - from the film The Desert of the Tartars based on Dino Buzzati’s The Tartar Steppe.

Literary roundup: Libya through Hungarian eyes, Akhmatova weighs in, and the dark marvelous

A story from Pilvax Magazine from Hungarian writer and war correspondent Sándor Jászberényi, more on Solzhenitsyn and a story from the Italian master of the fantastic Dino Buzzati.

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Photo - from the film The Desert of the Tartars based on Dino Buzzati’s The Tartar Steppe.

Reading Russia: yesterday and today, true and false
At Russia Beyond the Headlines novelist Zakhar Prilepin has written a broadside against the neglect of contemporary Russian literature, ongoing simplifications of Russia he sees coming from the West, and makes a case for a non-parodic, traditional, conservative form of Russian writing as it existed in the time of Tolstoy and Chekhov.
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Brilliant illustration for the article by Natalia Mikhaylenko, more of whose work can be seen here.

Reading Russia: yesterday and today, true and false

At Russia Beyond the Headlines novelist Zakhar Prilepin has written a broadside against the neglect of contemporary Russian literature, ongoing simplifications of Russia he sees coming from the West, and makes a case for a non-parodic, traditional, conservative form of Russian writing as it existed in the time of Tolstoy and Chekhov.

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Brilliant illustration for the article by Natalia Mikhaylenko, more of whose work can be seen here.

Literary roundup: Russian canons and man-made dystopias
An interview with Vladimir Voinivich on the dystopia he wrote about that now more or less exists, and about what a Russian Norton anthology might look like.
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Literary roundup: Russian canons and man-made dystopias

An interview with Vladimir Voinivich on the dystopia he wrote about that now more or less exists, and about what a Russian Norton anthology might look like.

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Literary roundup: Russian decadence, a duel and the man who never wore glasses
On a Russian contemporary lit conference and a translators ruminations on what took him from Klingon to Kuprin.
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Photo - Onegin and Lensky’s Duel by Ilya Repin, 1899

Literary roundup: Russian decadence, a duel and the man who never wore glasses

On a Russian contemporary lit conference and a translators ruminations on what took him from Klingon to Kuprin.

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Photo - Onegin and Lensky’s Duel by Ilya Repin, 1899

How reverently is Pushkin’s legacy maintained in Russia? Even his statue gets a regular shave.

How reverently is Pushkin’s legacy maintained in Russia? Even his statue gets a regular shave.

Leonid Tsypkin’s last few kilometers
There is something as poetic as it is sad that one of the great Russian-Jewish writers of the latter half of the 20th century worked as a pathologist (worked, that is, until the powers that be demoted and eventually fired him).
On a Tsypkin story in The New Yorker and an upcoming book.
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Photo - Leonid Tsypkin/New Directions

Leonid Tsypkin’s last few kilometers

There is something as poetic as it is sad that one of the great Russian-Jewish writers of the latter half of the 20th century worked as a pathologist (worked, that is, until the powers that be demoted and eventually fired him).

On a Tsypkin story in The New Yorker and an upcoming book.

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Photo - Leonid Tsypkin/New Directions