Tag Archives: Russia

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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Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due: The Kalmyk Overwinter Festival

From time to time I like to comment on bizarre but entertaining aspects of culture that can be found around the world [1].  Today I was chatting with an online penpal of mine from an obscure part of Russia, the … Continue reading

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A Trial For The Living

This morning a friend of mine shared a somewhat alarming story about there being possibly a nuclear incident of some kind in the Arctic, likely due to Russian ships and submarines in the Kola Peninsula near Finland and Norway that have … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Armor And Blood

Armor And Blood:  The Battle Of Kursk:  The Turning Point Of World War II, by Dennis E. Showalter, read by Robertson Dean If you have read any book by Dennis Showalter before, you have some idea of what to expect … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Czar’s Madman

The Czar’s Madman: A Novel, by Jaan Kross From time to time, as the mood strikes me, I enjoy reading the occasional historical novel [1].  Since this particular novel was written by an Estonian and contains a great deal of … Continue reading

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