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Tolstoy’s Real Hero - War and Peace
In his  Lectures on Russian Literature  Vladimir Nabokov maintains that “the third, and worst, degree of turpitude” in literary translation, after “obvious errors” and skipping over awkward passages, is reached when a masterpiece is planished and patted int...
In his Lectures on Russian Literature Vladimir Nabokov maintains that “the third, and worst, degree of turpitude” in literary translation, after “obvious errors” and skipping over awkward passages, is reached when a masterp...
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Reading Is Forgetting
There are moments when quite separate fragments of information or opinion come together and something hitherto only vaguely intuited becomes clear. Opening a new book called  Forgetting  by the Dutch writer Douwe Draaisma, I am told almost at once that our ...
There are moments when quite separate fragments of information or opinion come together and something hitherto only vaguely intuited becomes clear. Opening a new book called Forgetting by the Dutch writer Douwe Draaisma, I am...
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Died and Survived - Alexander Blok
''I AM glad that you are studying Blok,'' Vladimir Nabokov wrote to Edmund Wilson in 1943. ''But be careful: he is one of those poets that get into one's system - and everything (else) seems unblokish and flat.'' Most people who read poetry in Russian - whe...
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John Lyly: Sappho's Song
O  CRUEL  Love, on thee I lay      My curse, which shall strike blind the day ;      Never may sleep with velvet hand      Charm thine eyes with sacred wand ;      Thy jailors shall be hopes and fears ;      Thy prison-mates groans, sighs, and tears ;      ...
O CRUEL Love, on thee I lay      My curse, which shall strike blind the day ;      Never may sleep with velvet hand      Charm thine eyes with sacred wand ;      Thy jailors shall be hopes and fears ;      Thy prison-mates gr...
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Kafka's Inner Life
When Franz Kafka’s name mutated into an adjectival cliché it ceased to be connected in any significant way to his tremendous vision. I can recall precisely when and where the willy-nilly tossing around of his name turned ridiculous: It was the summer of 199...
When Franz Kafka’s name mutated into an adjectival cliché it ceased to be connected in any significant way to his tremendous vision. I can recall precisely when and where the willy-nilly tossing around of his name turned ridi...
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Susan Sontag: Critic and Crusader
I FIRST MET Susan Sontag in the spring of 1974 at a dinner in Berkeley given by Robert Scheer, author of one of the first pamphlets against the Vietnam War and former editor of Ramparts, the radical magazine for which Susan had written in the late 1960s. I ...
I FIRST MET Susan Sontag in the spring of 1974 at a dinner in Berkeley given by Robert Scheer, author of one of the first pamphlets against the Vietnam War and former editor of Ramparts, the radical magazine for which Susan h...
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Who Was the Real Lewis Carroll?
Midway through her adventures in Wonderland, Alice stumbles upon Lewis Carroll’s hookah-smoking caterpillar. He stares at her in silence for some minutes before removing the hookah from his mouth:  “Who are  you? ” said the Caterpillar. “I—I hardly know, si...
Midway through her adventures in Wonderland, Alice stumbles upon Lewis Carroll’s hookah-smoking caterpillar. He stares at her in silence for some minutes before removing the hookah from his mouth:  “Who are you?” said the C...
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The Diary of Lena Mukhina: A Girl's Life in the Siege of Leningrad
Germany's siege of Leningrad was one of the Second World War's worst atrocities. Lasting two and a half years, it killed 700,000 to 800,000 people, somewhere between a quarter and a third of the city's entire civilian population. Atrocities on such a scale ...
Germany's siege of Leningrad was one of the Second World War's worst atrocities. Lasting two and a half years, it killed 700,000 to 800,000 people, somewhere between a quarter and a third of the city's entire civilian populat...
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George Seferis: The Last Day
The day was cloudy. No one could come to a decision; a light wind was blowing. ‘Not a north-easter, the sirocco,’ someone said. A few slender cypresses nailed to the slope, and, beyond, the sea grey with shining pools. The soldiers presented arms as it bega...
The day was cloudy. No one could come to a decision; a light wind was blowing. ‘Not a north-easter, the sirocco,’ someone said. A few slender cypresses nailed to the slope, and, beyond, the sea grey with shining pools. Th...
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Marina Tsvetaeva: From "Swans' Encampment"
Marina Tsvetayeva  (1892–1941) was one of the four great poets of Russia in the first half of the twentieth century. Her long poem of the Civil War, 'Swans' Encampment', was finished in Moscow in 1921, though it remained unpublished until 1957. It is compos...
Marina Tsvetayeva (1892–1941) was one of the four great poets of Russia in the first half of the twentieth century. Her long poem of the Civil War, 'Swans' Encampment', was finished in Moscow in 1921, though it remained unpub...
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Christopher Marlowe: The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
Come live with me and be my love, And we will all the pleasures prove, That Valleys, groves, hills, and fields, Woods, or steepy mountain yields. And we will sit upon the Rocks, Seeing the Shepherds feed their flocks, By shallow Rivers to whose falls Melodi...
Come live with me and be my love, And we will all the pleasures prove, That Valleys, groves, hills, and fields, Woods, or steepy mountain yields. And we will sit upon the Rocks, Seeing the Shepherds feed their flocks, ...
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Bohumil Hrabal - The Greatest Czech Writer Of The Past Century
Bohumil Hrabal (1914–1997) was born in Brno, Moravia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The motion-picture adaptation of his novella Closely Watched Trains brought Hrabal international recognition, including the 1967 Academy Award for Best Foreign-L...
Bohumil Hrabal (1914–1997) was born in Brno, Moravia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The motion-picture adaptation of his novella Closely Watched Trains brought Hrabal international recognition, including the 1967 ...
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