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

Akhmatova

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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Be Our Guest! – The Museums of Russian Writers

Five Russian Writers, Pushkin, Dostoyevksy, Blok, Akhmatova and Nabokov

In St Petersburg, many of the former homes of famous writers of Russian literature have been preserved and are now open to visit. These small museums are often made up of at least two apartments. The first apartment usually houses the writer’s biographical details and the development of the writer’s literature and prose. Here, display… Continue reading

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3 of my favourite Anna Akhmatova’s poems

Some lines from Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova is one of the greatest female poets in Russian literature. Her extraordinary talent for poetry, her beauty and sensibility contributed to make her a key-figure in the cultural and artistic world of imperial Petersburg and one of the most important poets of the 20th century. I started reading Akhmatova’s poems by chance, just because… Continue reading

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Literature, music and Russian language: all in one

learning Russian

Literature, music and Russian language: all in one Russians excel in literature and this is not anything new. The same applies to music, both classical and modern. I have been thinking of how these areas of Russian pride can serve our objective, which is to advance our command of the Russian language. After some internet… Continue reading

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