Tag Archives: Russia

Book Review: The Tragedy Of Morn

The Tragedy Of Morn, by Vladimir Nabokov Vladimir Nabokov was both a very expansive writer and one who had a few themes that he liked to tackle in his writing over and over again [1].  He is someone whose writing … Continue reading

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Book Review: Selected Poems (Nabokov)

Selected Poems, by Vladimir Nabokov Having long been interested in the writing of Vladimir Nabokov [1], I was quite pleased to see a reasonably sized book that showed a side of Nabokov that I was unfamiliar with, his life as … Continue reading

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Book Review: Like Hidden Fire

Like Hidden Fire:  The Plot To Bring Down The British Empire, by Peter Hopkirk Although this is the first time I have read one of the author’s books, I should note that he is a well-regarded historian with expertise in … Continue reading

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Blizhneye Zarubezhye

In 1992 a term of ominous political importance [1] entered the English language and changed English grammar in the process.  The term was “near abroad,” a translation of the Russian expression “blizhneye zarubezhye,” which referred to the ambiguous place of … Continue reading

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Olympic Athletes From Russia

If you are as fond of looking at the medal table for the Olympics as I am [1], you will notice a strange country appearing there:  Olympic Athletes From Russia.  You may ask yourself why Russia appears this way.  We … Continue reading

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Book Review: Heart Of A Dog

Heart Of A Dog, by Mikhail Bulgakov I am of mixed feelings about this book, about as mixed as the mutt at the heart of this strange and compelling story.  On the one hand, the author as usual has written … Continue reading

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Book Review: Morphine

Morphine, by Mikhail Bulgakov I must admit that I have not been as familiar with the works of Bulgakov as I have with other Russian writers.  A friend of mine recommended him as an author and I have to agree … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Way Of A Pilgrim And The Pilgrim Continues His Way

The Way Of A Pilgrim And The Pilgrim Continues His Way, translated by R. M. French I really liked this book.  I can’t say it’s a perfect book, but this book was really enjoyable to read.  As someone who reads … Continue reading

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Don’t Shoot Me

One of the more memorable memes of the past election campaign was the “Black Lives Matter” campaign that was labeled “Don’t Shoot Me,” as if most of us had any interest in committing violence against anyone.  It has now been … Continue reading

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Book Review: Catherine The Great

Catherine The Great:  Portrait Of A Woman, by Robert K. Massie If you want to know what kind of woman Catherine the Great was, this book will definitely let you know in more ways than you may want to know. … Continue reading

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