Julia Stakhivska: Books in the Firing Line in Ukraine
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by hecksinductionhour
3w ago
Ukrainian writer Julia Stakhivska reflects on Russia's deadly missile strike on the Factor Druk printing plan in Kharkiv: "I look at the kaleidoscope of photos—the burnt-out shop floors, the waves of pages, the scattered covers (one—oh, the bitter irony!—bears the title "The Club of the Rescued")—and wonder how much a Russian missile costs. The internet, for example, reports that an Iskander runs for around three million dollars. Instead of "liberating" us from twenty thousand books a week before Book Arsenal, Ukraine's most important book fair, the aggressors could, say, print themselves a fe ..read more
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Number Eight and Number Forty-Two with a Bullet
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by hecksinductionhour
1M ago
In a surprising turn of events, The Russian Reader goes to number eight on the "Best Russian Literature Blogs and Websites" chart. Meanwhile, back in the real world, Brittney Griner, #42 for the Phoenix Mercury, sits down for a thoughtful and illuminating conversation with Terry Gross about her time in a Russian penal colony ..read more
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About the Author
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by hecksinductionhour
5M ago
He is an ardent jazz fan and lives in an offbeat modern house in Katonah, New York ..read more
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The Grinch Who Stole New Year
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by hecksinductionhour
6M ago
Dima Zitser: "Russian children live in a country that has unleashed a bloodbath. Clearly, we must protect children, and we must choose our words carefully when we talk to them about the subject. But we cannot conceal from them the kind of world they live in. Imagine the level of disenchantment that awaits it when a child bumps its head on this reality. There are no secrets that don't surface in the end. What do we want our child to grow up to be? A person who doesn't care about the troubles happening in its midst? It is vital for a person to experience emotional strife ..read more
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I’ll Show You the Life of the Mind
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by hecksinductionhour
8M ago
Every Wednesday we tell you about an article that has proved the most interesting to one of our staffers. Yulia Holtobina, manager of the Subscribers’ News project, has shared an article with us today. Does modern society need cultural goods? In my opinion, they are simply necessary for people to grow spiritually and achieve inner ..read more
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Writers of Mariupol
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by hecksinductionhour
8M ago
This photo shows six members of the National Writers’ Union of Ukraine from Mariupol in 2019. In 2022, the Russian World killed three of them. Natalia Kharakoz, Evgen Bal, and Bohdan Slyushchynsky all died in March or April. The story of Evgen Bal’s death is quite terrible. An elderly former submariner, the famous writer was ..read more
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Ilya Kukulin: Dostoyevsky, Kundera, and the Culpability of Russian Culture
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by hecksinductionhour
8M ago
Does Russian culture contain an alternative to the "expansionist universalism" (as embodied in landmark works by Tyutchev, Dostoyevsky, and Blok, among others) that has seemed to work hand in glove with violent Russian imperialism? In this essay, Russian literary scholar in exile Ilya Kukulin argues that if there is such a resource for resistance, the place to look for it in the unofficial literature and scholarship of the late Soviet period ..read more
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Don’t Press the Button
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by hecksinductionhour
8M ago
I read on social media yesterday that Russian ebook giant LitRes had added a button on its website for readers who want to file a complaint against any of the books it offers for violating Russian laws. To see whether this was true, I punched up the most popular recent Russian book among readers of ..read more
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The Translator
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by hecksinductionhour
8M ago
This is the fantasy: At a pinch he could do the same in French, but French specialists were two a penny, and, in any case, Russian was his thing. He loved the Cyrillic alphabet, the byzantine grammar, the soporific, sensuous sound of the Russian language. And once, he had loved a Russian woman. […] “Let’s ..read more
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RUNI (A Love-Hate Relationship)
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by hecksinductionhour
8M ago
A 20% discount for Sally Rooney’s birthday. The promotional campaign runs from 17 to 23 February 2023. The novels of the Irish writer are about modern youth, friendship and love. Her characters live here and now, and difficulties do not frighten them. To get a 20% discount, follow this link or enter RUNI on the ..read more
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