Tag Archives: Russia

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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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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