"My understanding of Russian literature and its history was shaken up by Muireann Maguire’s Stalin’s Ghosts: Gothic Themes in Early Soviet Literature; I had never given a thought to that side of Soviet literature, and I doubt many people have, but she convinced me that (as she puts it) ‘The centrality of the Gothic-fantastic to Russian fiction is almost impossible to exaggerate.’” Stephen Dodson kicks off A Year in Reading.
Three thousand Russians volunteered to proofread ‘forty-six thousand eight hundred pages’ of Leo Tolstoy’s writings over the course of fourteen days.
If you find cat hair in a book you checked out of the Novorossiysk Library, don’t worry. It belongs to the newest librarian. Kuzya the cat started off as a pet at the Russian library but was promoted after patronage increased due to his presence. The new library assistant even wears a bow tie.
the cause of death
the immediate cause
of death was
living in Moscow
People are part families, part random things that catch attention, part forgetting and re-building from the ground up.
I have an emotional connection to words or expressions in Russian that I’ve never felt to English.