Tag Archives: Russia

On The Problem Of Quiddity

I suppose it would be worthwhile to begin this post with an apology.  It is a rather Nathanish tendency to fill the titles of my posts (to say nothing of their content) with words that are hard to understand and … Continue reading

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What Is To Be Done And Who Is To Blame?

There are a great many aspects of life where there are two simultaneous responses or opinions or feelings we have towards a situation are held in tension.  One of the characteristic aspects of such situations is that we will attempt … Continue reading

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Book Review: Stories And Prose Poems

Stories And Prose Poems, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn One of the qualities of Solzhenitsyn’s writings is that once you read a little bit of his work, which is true of me (reviews forthcoming) one wants to read more of it.  And … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gulag: A History

Gulag:  A History, by Anne Applebaum Sometimes a book can miss the forest for the trees, and that is the case here.  This is not a bad book, unless you consider a book bad because it talks about horrifying subjects … Continue reading

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Book Review: Cold Front

Cold Front:  Conflict Ahead In Arctic Waters, by David Fairhall It would be fair to say that the author is at least a bit too concerned about global warming, because even he recognizes that it is unlikely to be an … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky I only read this book because it was listed among 25 books that Christians should read [1].  Having read a few books that deal with Russian spirituality [2], this book was not unfamiliar to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The House Of The Dead, Or Prison Life In Siberia

The House Of The Dead, Or Prison Life In Siberia, by Fyodor Dostoevsky It is a truism, even perhaps a cliche, that people should write about what they know.  And before Dostoevsky was a celebrated Russian writer whose novels continue … Continue reading

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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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