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Alex Cigale: East Meets West And The Russian Absurd

Loren Kleinman | Posted 09.01.2016 | Home
Loren Kleinman

In 2015, Alex Cigale was an NEA Fellow in Literary Translation, and edited the Russian poetry issue of the Atlanta Review. He was a guest blogger on c...

How Dostoevsky predicted Trump's America

The Conversation US | Posted 08.23.2016 | Home
The Conversation US

Ani Kokobobo, University of Kansas As a professor of Russian literature, I've come to realize that it's never a good sign when real life resembles a ...

SPASIBO! Maly Drama Theatre of Russia at BAM

Isa Freeling | Posted 02.23.2017 | Arts
Isa Freeling

In its way the story of the Cherry Orchard is no less relevant today than when it came out in 1904. It was written shortly before the revolution, foreshadowing the demise of enslavement of serfs by wealthy landowners.

Tolstoy's Take on What Matters Most This Christmas

Andrew D. Kaufman | Posted 12.21.2016 | Home
Andrew D. Kaufman

If to live is to suffer, as Tolstoy understood so well, then to persevere is to find meaning in one's suffering. Does hardship make us beasts, Tolstoy asks, or better human beings? Do we continually focus on getting what we think we want, or on making something meaningful out of what we have, no matter how miniscule or shabby it might seem?

8 Things That Are A Lot Better In Concept Than In Reality

Nancy Roman | Posted 06.28.2015 | Fifty
Nancy Roman

There are quite a few things that I like the IDEA of a lot more than the thing itself. For instance: Boats.

Why Putin Needs to Read 'War and Peace'

Andrew D. Kaufman | Posted 06.06.2015 | Home
Andrew D. Kaufman

Russian President Vladimir Putin has a secret fascination with Leo Tolstoy. As a young KGB agent, he purportedly made a pilgrimage to the Leo Tolstoy Museum and Estate at Yasnaya Polyana. But for a guy who says Tolstoy is his favorite writer, Putin is, well, a very bad reader.

A Calendar of Wisdom: Tolstoy's Little-Known Collection of Quotes to Nourish the Soul

Lucy Horner | Posted 11.08.2014 | Home
Lucy Horner

One of Tolstoy's most exciting publications has passed by almost unnoticed.

5 Reasons Why Twentysomethings Should Read Tolstoy

Lucy Horner | Posted 10.15.2014 | Home
Lucy Horner

Tolstoy is actually a pretty appropriate author for twentysomethings to be reading in our current society. Although he lived in Russia over one-hundred years ago, Tolstoy and his characters knew all about ambition, failure, stress, and striving for meaning and goodness.

Open Season on Russian Gays and Lesbians

Joseph Huff-Hannon | Posted 04.21.2014 | Impact
Joseph Huff-Hannon

For an authoritarian state, a law that is rarely, or only very selectively enforced, yet gives agents of the state broad leeway to police their citizens, and leads to wide ranging changes in public and private behavior, is the best kind of law there is.

Steamrolling Onto the World Stage

Sasha Senderovich | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
Sasha Senderovich

Propelled by this personal ambition, the Sochi Olympics appear to be a giant steamroller crushing so many things on its way.

Putin, Ventriloquism and Free Speech

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Eliot Borenstein

The Russian government has gotten back into the story business.

On Studying Russian Literature

Lauren Schuhmacher | Posted 04.06.2014 | College
Lauren Schuhmacher

Lots of people around campus ask why I decided to take this class, considering the high volume of assigned reading. I'm in this class because I've loved Russian Literature since I was a sophomore in high school.

My Secret Summer With Anna K.

Carey Perloff | Posted 09.12.2013 | Arts
Carey Perloff

I have a dozen things I am supposed to be focusing on this summer, but for the past month, what have I snuck off to do whenever I have had a spare moment, like an addict looking for a fix? I am re-reading (for the third time) Anna Karenina.

Geographic Comfort Zones in Literature

Dave Astor | Posted 05.14.2013 | Home
Dave Astor

When it comes to fiction writers you read, which countries are most of them from? Why do you focus on literature from those countries? And what are your favorite books from outside your geographic comfort zone?

This Anna Karenina Is Unhappy in Her Own Spectacular Way

Edward Goldman | Posted 01.28.2013 | Arts
Edward Goldman

I want to tell you about an exhibition -- of a sort -- consisting of hundreds if not thousands of striking images presented onscreen to an audience eager to get to know the latest version of Leo Tolstoy's spectacularly unhappy Anna Karenina.

The Day Before Happiness

Mark Axelrod | Posted 03.07.2012 | Home
Mark Axelrod

Clearly, De Luca is indebted to the poetics of prose (if not to poetry) since there are no fewer than 50 instances in which he uses similes and an almost equal number of metaphors. It's apparent, too, that the use of such poetic devices are a kind of mainstay of his art.

Leo Tolstoy Is Quitting Facebook

Paul Greenberg | Posted 01.29.2012 | Arts
Paul Greenberg

On the 101st anniversary of his death, a look back through Leo Tolstoy's epic Facebook posts.

‘A Frightening Time In America’: Previously Unpublished David Foster Wallace Interview

The New York Review of Books | Posted 08.14.2011 | Home

The following conversation is drawn from an interview I did with David Foster Wallace in September 2006 as part of a series of articles and radio piec...

PHOTOS: Russian SNOBs Feast On Gogol At Savoy

The Huffington Post | Jude Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Dinner parties succeed by various strategies. Some hosts ply you with drink; some pack your plate with delicacies; some impress with the sheer flatten...

Dostoevsky Darkens The Moscow Subway

NPR | David Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Dostoevskaya station -- which opened this summer in memory of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky -- met a fair share of opposition when psychologist...

Russia Forgets Tolstoy?

Telegraph UK | Andrew Osborn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Tolstoy is better appreciated in the West, academics claim, even though Western readers discovered classics such as War and Peace a good century after...

Gogol Haunts The New Ukraine

The New York Review of Books | Timothy Snyder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The best guide to the careers of Yanukovych, Yushchenko, and Tymoshenko is Nikolai Gogol, who brought the absurd to Russian literature. In his short s...

Tolstoy's Stories

Richard Pevear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Richard Pevear

Tolstoy has been better served by translators than other Russian writers, but there is still the challenge of coming closer to the original, of catching more of its specific stylistic qualities than previous translations have done.