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Elisabeth van der Meer
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On my blog www.arussianaffair.wordpress.com I write short and light posts about Russian literature. Take a look and find out!
On my blog www.arussianaffair.wordpress.com I write short and light posts about Russian literature. Take a look and find out!

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In his unique style Gogol wrote down the story of The Viy. It's a horror story in the style of E.T.A. Hoffmann, but Gogol infused it with humour and irony: horses that out of habit stop at every inn; drunken Little-Russians* that kiss each other noisily…
Gogol’s Horror Story ‘The Viy’
Gogol’s Horror Story ‘The Viy’
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The Hidden Room
The Hidden Room
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When Pushkin died in 1836, Lermontov got so infuriated, that he immediately wrote the poem On the Death of a Poet. In it he blamed, as did many people, the higher circles of Saint Petersburg society for Pushkin's death. The poem was copied out by hand and…
The Short Life of Mikhail Lermontov
The Short Life of Mikhail Lermontov
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As I write this I'm sitting by the Mediterranean Sea, enjoying a view that has been the same for thousands of years. It’s the perfect place to write about the similarities between Homer and Tolstoy. As I wrote before, Tolstoy considered himself equal to…
Tolstoy and Homer
Tolstoy and Homer
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Tolstoj en Dostojevski hebben elkaar voor zover bekend nooit ontmoet. Toch waren het tijdgenoten en bewogen ze zich in dezelfde literaire kringen. Ze worden vaak in één adem genoemd, maar er zijn misschien wel meer verschillen dan overeenkomsten. En dan…
Tolstoj of Dostojevski?!
Tolstoj of Dostojevski?!
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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904) is the last Russian realist and the first modern writer. His plays made him world-famous, but above all his stories are fenomenal. His sincerity and moderation are his biggest accomplishments as a writer and earn him a…
Typically Chekhov
Typically Chekhov
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Pushkin (1799-1837) is the Mozart of the literary world. He is light footed, crystal clear and highly musical. Everything is just as it should be. Even his sporadic imperfections are charming. Pushkin is from the Romantic era, like Byron, Scott and the…
Typically Pushkin
Typically Pushkin
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Turgenev’s Birds
Turgenev’s Birds
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