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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Happy 63rd Birthday, Vladimir Sorokin!

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Born August 7, 1955 in the Moscow region, Vladimir Sorokin is an internationally acclaimed Russian writer. When I asked my babushka for recommendations of contemporary Russian writers, he was the first one she mentioned. Biography and Background After graduating Gubkin Institute of Oil and Gas in 1977 with a degree in engineering, Sorokin was promptly… Continue reading

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A Literature Lover’s Guide to St. Petersburg

Griboyedov Canal

If you love Russian literature, St. Petersburg is a dream destination. Pushkin, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Gogol, Nabokov… Almost all the great Russian writers spent time in this beautiful city. Wandering along the canals beneath the grand buildings, it’s hard not to feel inspired as well. So what can you do to find out more about St.… Continue reading

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Three Contemporary Female Russian Poets You Need to Read Right Now

One thing’s for certain: Russians love their poets. Ask any Russian to recite some poetry and they can draw from an impressively hefty arsenal. If you’re a student of Russian, you, too, have likely been forced to memorize several Russian poems, and are familiar with names such as Akhmatova, Pushkin, Tsvetaeva, Mayakovsky, Mandelstam, Pasternak, among… Continue reading

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Moscow Museums for Free: Challenge Accepted

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Moscow Museums for Free: Challenge Accepted Even if in the last years Moscow was believed to be one of the most expensive cities globally, now, due to the fall of the ruble, the cost of living in the Russian capital has decreased significantly. What a good news for tourists and expats! But wait, that’s not… Continue reading

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Reading in Russian: Where to Start

Reading Russian

Reading in Russian: Where to Start In today’s classes, the topic of reading in Russian came up. Most teachers would agree that reading is the best way to consolidate the grammar and vocab that you’ve learnt, but this shouldn’t be restricted to reading texts and hand-outs from your teachers. To get a real feel for… Continue reading

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Bulgakov – Three things to do in Moscow.

Michail Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita written during the period 1928-40 is probably one of the most popular Russian novels, both in Russia as well as abroad. The novel, written from memory after Bulgakov burned the first draft, famously starts with a mysterious stranger arriving at the Patriarch ponds in Moscow, accompanied by an equally mysterious… Continue reading

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Mikhail Lermontov

Mikhail Lermontov, born the 15th of October 1814, is to be celebrated today, on World Poetry Day, with readings of his very romantic and popular poems. This is in honour of his 200th anniversary, and the famous poet will have his prose read by famous local artists, actors and writers in an open mic session.… Continue reading

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