Category Archives: Russian Literature

Ukraine War Day #216: Provody (continued)

Dear Readers: I was in a hurry yesterday, so I did not have a chance to do a proper job with that Provody song. As you recall, the Russian word проводы (pronounced “provody”) means “accompaniment” or “seeing off”. In Russian … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #197: Freeze, Freeze, Tail of the Wolf!

Dear Readers: Russian President Vladimir Putin is famous for his verbal barbs. Many of his “winged sayings” are based on familiar Russian proverbs, or are quotes from Russian literature. Putin’s usual purpose is to dish an insult in an Aesopian … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #134: Mazepa’s Whiskers

Орлик: Сраженья Orlik: The battle hasn’t started yet. Дождемся. Время не ушло There is still time Еще поправить можно зло. Perhaps to fix this. Разбитый нами, нет сомненья, Broken by us, without a doubt Царь не отвергнет примиренья. The Tsar … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #133: Zelensky The New Mazepa

Dear Readers: Pushkin wrote so many terrific works, it would be hard to name a favorite. But — gun to head — I would have to admit that mine is the epic poem Poltava. Of which here is one of … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #102: Who Controls Severodonetsk?

Dear Readers: As of the moment that I am penning this, people on the intertubes do not know for sure exactly which side (Russians vs Ukrainians) controls the Donbass city of Severodonetsk. We all remember how, just a couple of … Continue reading

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Bad Yuletide Omens

Настали святки. То-то радость! Гадает ветреная младость… Татьяна любопытным взором На воск потопленный глядит: Он чудно вылитым узором Ей что-то чудное гласит… Татьяна на широкой двор В открытом платьице выходит, На месяц зеркало наводит; Но в темном зеркале одна Дрожит … Continue reading

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Farewell to Yevtushenko

Dear Readers: I have some very interesting posts for you coming up in the next week or so.  My colleague Lyttenburgh has written a fascinating essay on “Futurology”, which I will publish in 4 parts, starting tomorrow.  According to our … Continue reading

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Statue of Olena Teliha Desecrated at Babiy Yar

Dear Readers: Today I am doing something that I have not done before:  I am interrupting one of my multi-part stories for BREAKING NEWS!!!!  Namely, the statue of Olena Teliha at Babiy Yar got itself splattered with red paint.  This … Continue reading

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1937 – What is the connection between Stalin and Pushkin? – Part VI

Dear Readers: Today we conclude what turned out to be an epic and somewhat picaresque journey through the interesting connection between an aristocratic/anarchist poet (=Pushkin) who self-described as a “proponent of freedom”; and a political leader and statesman (=Stalin) who self-described … Continue reading

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1937 – What is the connection between Stalin and Pushkin? – Part V

Dear Readers: Today we continue reading this essay by publicist Vladimir Mozhegov.  I hope the discussion has provoked many thoughts.  We discussed the political backdrop:  the establishment and consolidation of the Soviet government and a new socialist way of life.  … Continue reading

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