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Leskov and the lady question

In part 1, chapter 8 of The Bypassed (Обойденные, 1865), Dora, one of the women involved with the sewing cooperative, has a one-sided argument against two nihilist men.  930 more words

1860s

“Let the reader not expect to meet any heroes of Russian progress here...”

Remember how Leskov rewrote the sewing cooperative from What Is to Be Done? (Что делать?, 1863)? Here’s how eager he was that his readers would pick up on the Chernyshevskii references: 592 more words

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Words new to me: кнель

Кнель is a culinary term that comes from the French quenelle (English and Spanish have also borrowed it in that spelling), which in turn comes from the German  170 more words

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“For heaven’s sake, what she's sacrificing is other people's lives...”

The second bead on Lev Anninskii’s “Leskovian necklace” is a chapter on “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” (Леди Макбет Мценского уезда, 1865), mostly about films, theater productions, constructivist poetry, visual art, and one very famous opera (73-80) inspired by Leskov’s “sketch.” There are interesting stories on the side about the internal politics of early Soviet cinema (81-83) and the battle between… 603 more words

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“Yet the thrilling range of Leskov's body of work keeps slipping away”

Muireann Maguire pointed me to Chris Power’s post on Leskov for The Guardian‘s short story blog, which I recommend. It’s filled with quotes from Leskov’s famous admirers: Walter Benjamin, Boris Eikhenbaum, D. 358 more words

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