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The Polar Herald

Here’s another open access and (as of 2014) peer-reviewed journal: Полярный вестник (The Polar Herald), out of Norway. The 2014 volume has an… 58 more words

Russian Literature

Words new to me: густ

This word is rare in Russian, and perhaps not even a Russian word, but it means exactly what it seems like it should in book 1, chapter 7… 285 more words

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Mrs Skewton and Kleopatra Petrovna

Last year I was wondering why Pisemskii had female characters named Cleopatra in two novels (1863, 1869) and a play (1873). I haven’t read the play yet, but in the two novels, no one acknowledges that this name is unusual. 928 more words

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Words new to me: Готов Максим и шапка с ним

This rhyming saying exists in several forms, including Со всем Максим, и котомка с ним. Dal’ also has и Аксинья с ним. Here are other  261 more words

1860s

“Why this analysis of our inmost feelings, which no one would have gone into?”

I’m months late for Tom’s readalong, but here’s what I thought after finishing Chernyshevskii’s What Is to Be Done? (Что делать?, 1863). 806 more words

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Revising “The Musk-Ox”

The old idea of Leskov’s “sick talent” — that in his early works he was so angry at the radicals that it got in the way of his art — doesn’t explain everything, but there’s something in it. 403 more words

1860s

“...that promised land of the Great Russian serf”

Near the beginning of The Bypassed (Обойденные, 1865), Leskov writes a chapter exposing the horrors of now-abolished slavery. This isn’t unique for early Leskov —  639 more words

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