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“Even more fallen than all the other fallen women...”

At the end of Ivan Goncharov’s “The Precipice” (Обрыв, 1869), the theme of women — married, unmarried, or widowed, rich, poor, or in between, slave or free — having sex with men they weren’t at that moment married to gets even more prominent than it… 743 more words

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Pisemskii in Russian and English, story by story

And novel by novel, play by play. English titles of works are those used by Charles A. Moser in Pisemsky: A Provincial Realist (Cambridge, MA, 1969), except as noted. 955 more words

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Words new to me: склаваж

Pisemskii in 1858 is the most recent of 5 uses of склаваж in the National Corpus of Russian:

Для кареты на лежачих рессорах, для бархатной мантильи, обшитой лебяжьим пухом, для брильянтового …

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Dralyuk on translations of Crime and Punishment

Via Robert Chandler on SEELANGS, here is a review of Oliver Ready’s new translation of Crime and Punishment by translator Boris Dralyuk, who compares Ready’s work to earlier efforts by Constance Garnett, David McDuff, and Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky: 657 more words

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The Cause online

A conversation on Twitter led me to look for an online version of the journal Дело (The Cause), which Grigorii Blagosvetlov edited after Русское слово ( 126 more words


“He approaches any enthusiasm with a subtle and polite tinge of irony...”

The generational conflict in Goncharov’s An Ordinary Story (Обыкновенная история, 1847) mostly boils down to

Тогда вы все узнаете, —
Как глуп я прежде был, 1,259 more words

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