Category Archives: Contemporary writers

Scenes from Russia

Excerpt from “Balustrade in Bykovo” by Maria Stepanova “Russian Gothic, Domes-lamps. Girls-sweethearts. Church and mallows…” “Русская готика Купола-лампочки. Девочки-лапочки. Церква и мальвы….” [Maria Stepanova. Stikhi i proza v odnom tome. Moscow: NLO, 2010.p.94] About the author: born in Moscow in … Continue reading

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The Early Poetry of Vladimir Nabokov Remembered Today

  Gleb Struve, a renowned twentieth-century critic, called Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov “émigre Russia’s greatest gift to Russian literature”. Born in 1899 to a family of aristocrats in St. Petersburg, Nabokov received an excellent education, attaining fluency in English, French, and Russian … Continue reading

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Provincial Russia by Maria Stepanova

Among many voices of  young contemporary Russian poets, the poetry of Maria Stepanova is one of the most intriguing. Her first major collection Songs of Northern Southerners       (2001) was so unusual, that the critics immediately called her poetic style a … Continue reading

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