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Russian and Eurasian Studies November 12, 2020

Journey Into the Land of the Zeks and Back

A Memoir of the Gulag

Julius Margolin

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Julius Margolin was a Polish Jew caught between the twin 1939 invasions of Poland by Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. He spent the years 1940-1945 in Soviet labor camps, finally returning to his family in Palestine, in 1946. In her book Journey Into the Land of the Zeks and Back (Oxford UP, 2020), Israeli scholar Stefani Hoffman has provided the English-speaking world with its first full translation of Margolin’s story …
Russian and Eurasian Studies November 11, 2020

Stalin

Passage to Revolution

Ronald Grigor Suny

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Ronald Suny’s recent biography of the young Stalin, Stalin: Passage to Revolution (Princeton, 2020) covers “Soso” Jughashvili’s life up to the 1917 Revolution. Suny provides a wealth of detail as …
Literary Studies October 9, 2020

Utopias of One

Joshua Kotin

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Joshua Kotin’s Utopias of One (Princeton University Press, 2017) analyzes a particular and peculiar sub-genre of utopian literature. Kotin identifies works by Thoreau, Dubois, the Mandel’shtams, and the poets Wallace …
Literary Studies September 25, 2020

Who Wrote That?

Authorship Controversies from Moses to Sholokhov

Donald Ostrowski

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Who Wrote That?: Authorship Controversies from Moses to Sholokhov (Northern Illinois University Press) is Harvard historian Donald Ostrowski’s sustained reflection on what we can learn from comparison of authorship controversies …
Art May 21, 2020

The Futurist Files

Avant-Garde, Politics, and Ideology in Russia, 1905–1930

Iva Glisic

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Futurism was Russia's first avant-garde movement. Gatecrashing the Russian public sphere in the early twentieth century, the movement called for the destruction of everything old, so that the past could …
Italian Studies March 26, 2020

On Trial for Reason

Science, Religion, and Culture in the Galileo Affair

Maurice Finocchiaro

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In his new book On Trial for Reason: Science, Religion, and Culture in the Galileo Affair (Oxford University Press, 2019), Maurice Finocchiaro shows that there were (and are) really two …
Eastern European Studies December 11, 2019

From Chernobyl with Love

Reporting from the Ruins of the Soviet Union

Katya Cengel

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Katya Cengel’s From Chernobyl with Love: Reporting from the Ruins of the Soviet Union (University of Nebraska Press, 2019) is an engaging memoir of a Western newspaper reporter’s youthful experiences …
Russian and Eurasian Studies November 29, 2019

Russia in the Time of Cholera

Disease under Romanovs and Soviets

John P. Davis

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The idea of “backwardness” often plagues historical writing on Russia. In Russia in the Time of Cholera: Disease under Romanovs and Soviets (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018), Dr. John P. Davis counteracts …
Russian and Eurasian Studies November 21, 2019

Ivan the Terrible

Free to Reward and Free to Punish

Charles Halperin

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In Ivan the Terrible: Free to Reward and Free to Punish (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019, Dr. Charles Halperin provides a new analysis of Ivan’s reign, as well as valuable …
Russian and Eurasian Studies November 6, 2019

Europe, Byzantium, and the 'Intellectual Silence' of Rus’ Culture

Donald Ostrowski

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In Europe, Byzantium, and the “Intellectual Silence” of Rus’ Culture (Arc Humanities Press, 2018), Dr. Donald Ostrowski pens a fresh look at an old question: Why did the intellectual path …
Art May 30, 2019

Graphic Satire in the Soviet Union

Krokodil’s Political Cartoons

John Etty

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In Graphic Satire in the Soviet Union: Krokodil’s Political Cartoons (University Press of Mississippi, 2019), Dr. John Etty explains how Krokodil magazine provided a venue in which the state, the …
Literary Studies May 8, 2019

The Image of Christ in Russian Literature

Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Bulgakov, Pasternak

John Givens

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In The Image of Christ in Russian Literature: Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Bulgakov, Pasternak (Northern Illinois University Press, 2018), Dr. John Givens of the University of Rochester discusses classics of Russian literature …