A Who’s Who of 20th-century Russian Female Writers

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Students of Russian literature sometimes complain about a gender imbalance on their course syllabi — where are the Russian female writers!? To investigate this supposed injustice, I did some research. After googling “best Russian writers,” I found that only one of the first twenty people listed on google’s slide-bar, Lyudmila Ulitskaya, was a woman. On… Continue reading

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On this day – 14th of June

Although one may find it hard to assess the immediate legacy of events which took place on the Battleship Potemkin on the 14th of June 1905. The symbolic value of this date has been amplified through the popularisation of the cinematography of one of Russia’s earliest and most influential directors. While it is perhaps true… Continue reading

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Food for Thought: What is Russian Lent?

What is Russian Lent? The Great Fast (Великий Пост) is an extremely important period for Russian Orthodox believers. By abstaining from certain foods and behaviours, they prepare their bodies and minds for Easter (Пасха). As a vegetarian, I think that Lent is a great time to be in Russia – basically every restaurant has a… Continue reading

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