Download E-books City of Rogues and Schnorrers: Russia's Jews and the Myth of Old Odessa PDF

By Jarrod Tanny

Old Odessa, at the Black Sea, received notoriety as a mythical urban of Jewish gangsters and swindlers, a frontier boomtown mythologized for the adventurers, criminals, and merrymakers who flocked there to hunt effortless wealth and lead lives of debauchery and extra. Odessa can also be famed for the emblem of Jewish humor introduced there within the nineteenth century from the shtetls of japanese Europe and that flourished all through Soviet occasions. From a extensive old standpoint, Jarrod Tanny examines the hybrid Judeo-Russian tradition that emerged in Odessa within the nineteenth century and persevered throughout the Soviet period and past. The booklet exhibits how the artwork of eminent Soviet-era figures equivalent to Isaac Babel, Il'ia Ilf, Evgenii Petrov, and Leonid Utesov grew out of the Odessa Russian-Jewish tradition into which they have been born and which formed their lives.

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Download E-books The Russian Revolution, 1917-1945 PDF

By Anthony D'Agostino

This ebook bargains a clean research of the Russian Revolution from a world viewpoint. It stresses the old function of Soviet Communism within the modernization of the rustic, the defeat of Nazism, and the increase of yankee strength and international leadership.

• feedback for extra interpreting that span a long time of writing at the subject

• An index of names and significant ideas

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Download E-books The Invention of Mikhail Lomonosov: A Russian National Myth (Imperial Russia) PDF

By Steven A. Usitalo

This research explores the evolution of Lomonosov’s implementing stature in Russian concept from the center of the eighteenth century to the ultimate years of the Soviet interval. It unearths a lot in regards to the intersection in Russian tradition of attitudes in the direction of the that means and importance of technology, in addition to in regards to the upward push of a Russian nationwide id, of which Lomonosov turned a superb image. Idealized depictions of Lomonosov have been hired by means of Russian scientists, historians, and poets, between others, in efforts to confirm to their countrymen and to the nation the pragmatic benefits of technology to a modernizing state. In atmosphere forth this assumption, Usitalo notes that no sharply drawn department should be upheld among the usage of the parable of Lomonosov through the Soviet interval of Russian background and that which characterised past perspectives. the most parts that shaped the mythology have been laid down within the eighteenth and 19th centuries; Soviet students easily further extra exaggerated layers to current representations.

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Download E-books Russian Politics from Lenin to Putin (St. Antony's) PDF

Seven best experts current chapters dedicated to key issues in Soviet and post-Soviet Russian politics. these subject matters comprise: the non-public as opposed to the institutional within the political technique; legitimacy and legitimation; and alter and cave in of a mono-organizational society. whereas the e-book makes a speciality of those significant issues, person chapters take care of wide-ranging or even strange situations: Graeme Gill analyzes the legitimating features of Moscow's structure, Sheila Fitzpatrick makes use of the records to attract an image of Stalin 'the boss' facing his closest colleagues, Eugene Huskey offers an in depth description of post-Soviet Russian pantouflage, and Archie Brown and Peter Reddaway current their assorted takes on Gorbachev and the Soviet cave in. Stephen Fortescue offers an summary of policy-making tactics from Lenin and Putin, and Leslie Holmes updates the idea that of goal-rational legitimacy.

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Download E-books Chinese Sun PDF

By Arkadii Dragomoshchenko, Evgeny Pavlov

This can be my test, now not a retail publication. I don't imagine there's one on hand.


Fiction. Poetry. Translated from the Russian via Evgeny Pavlov. Arkadii Dragomoschenko got here to us first as a samizdat/underground poet, his strains & gestures signaling a gap to new discoveries & freedoms in what were the closed international of the Soviet superstate. That freedom as a poet resided squarely within the center of his poetry--its language & shape serving because the conduits for strategies & realities formerly obscured. Now, in chinese language solar, he launches a clean attack, this time at the international of prose--a poet's reconfiguration (transformation) of the radical & a piece that crosses open borders as a present to all of us.


From Publishers Weekly:

"The sum overall is consistently perplexing," writes the narrator of Dragomoshchenko's novel, his first fiction to be translated into English. often called an experimental poet in his local Russia, Dragomoshchenko twists, tweaks and pummels the unconventional into an unrecognizable, yet now not unappealing, shape during which stream-of-consciousness ramblings, semi-autobiographical vignettes and meditations on artwork, time, silence and reminiscence supersede any conventional iterations of plot. Like language poetry, this paintings self-reflexively obsesses over problems with writing and phrases whereas espousing artful aphorisms: the narrator wonders, "Do we all know that we know?" in different places, a personality describes God as having a look "like a pronoun and all letters at once." yet different cunningly brainy dictums turn into murkier upon mirrored image: "there is not any e-book in that book." there's a ebook during this novel, despite the fact that, watching for sufferer readers to puzzle it out.


Arkadii Dragomoshchenko is a poet, essayist, and translator who used to be born in Potsdam, Germany in 1946 and grew up in Vinnitsa, Ukraine. He has lived and labored in St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad), Russia seeing that 1969. His writing has earned him a name because the consultant determine of Language poetry in Russia.

Dragomoshchenko's poetry was once first brought to American audiences within the volumes Description and Xenia, translated by way of Lyn Hejinian and released through sunlight & Moon Press within the Nineteen Nineties. He has due to the fact authored chinese language sunlight, released in 2005 by means of gruesome Duckling Presse, and the prose assortment airborne dirt and dust (Dalkey Archive Press, 2005).

C.D. Wright has stated of his paintings, "This is poetry. conceited. Magisterial. roughly impenetrable. The relation of language is strength yet now not improvisational.” approximately airborne dirt and dust, Lyn Hejinian wrote, “Full of energy in addition to profundity, and resonating with whatever i will be able to merely time period friendship, those meditations/memoirs belong to the nice culture of metaphysical prose, along the works of Nietzsche, Shklovsky, Kierkegaard, and Toufic.”


Ugly Duckling Presse is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit writer established in Brooklyn, manhattan, which makes a speciality of poetry, translation, misplaced literature, and books by way of artists.

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Download E-books Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape PDF

After the autumn of communism, Russia used to be in a kingdom of outrage. The unexpected and dramatic switch left many of us adrift and uncertain—but additionally jam-packed with a tentative yet tenacious desire. Returning repeatedly to the provincial hinterlands of this speedily evolving kingdom from 1992 to 2008, Susan Richards struck up a few notable friendships with humans in the course of this ancient drama. Anna, a questing journalist, struggles to precise her passionate spirituality in the principles of the recent society. Natasha, a stressed spirit, has relocated from Siberia in a bid to flee the calls for of her upper-class family members and her personal mysterious demons. Tatiana and Misha, whose enterprise empire has blossomed from the ashes of the Soviet Union, appear, regardless of their luxurious, uneasy during this new international. Richards watches them develop and alter, their fortunes upward thrust and fall, their hopes jump and crash.
   Through their tales and her personal stories, Susan Richards demonstrates how in Russia, the earlier and the current can't be separated. She meets scientists confident of the life of UFOs and mind-control battle. She visits a cult in accordance with operating the land and a tiny civilization based at the practices of conventional Russian Orthodoxy. Gangsters, dreamers, artists, healers, all are considering of their personal methods, “Who are we now if we’re no longer communist? What does it suggest to be Russian?” This outstanding heritage of latest Russia holds a replicate as much as a forgotten humans. Lost and located in Russia is a mystical and unforgettable portrait of a society in transition.

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Download E-books Russians: The People behind the Power PDF

By Gregory Feifer

From former NPR Moscow correspondent Gregory Feifer comes an incisive portrait that attracts on vibrant own tales to painting the forces that experience formed the Russian personality for centuries-and proceed to take action today.

RUSSIANS explores the seeming paradoxes of lifestyles in Russia by means of unraveling the character of its humans: what's it of their background, their wants, and their belief of themselves that makes them baffling to the West? utilizing the insights of his decade as a journalist in Russia, Feifer corrects pervasive misconceptions by way of displaying that a lot of what appears to be like inexplicable in regards to the nation is logical while obvious from the interior. He will get to the guts of why the world's top power manufacturer maintains to exasperate many within the overseas group. And he makes transparent why President Vladimir Putin is still renowned while the distance widens among the super-rich and the good majority of poor.

Traversing the world's biggest nation from the violent North Caucasus to Arctic Siberia, Feifer carried out 1000's of intimate conversations approximately every thing from intercourse and vodka to Russia's advanced dating with the realm. From fabulously prosperous oligarchs to the destitute aged babushki who beg in Moscow's streets, he tells the tale of a society bursting with power below a management rooted in culture and infrequently at the fringe of cave in regardless of its authoritarian power.

Feifer additionally attracts on formative studies in Russia's earlier and illustrative workings of its tradition to shed much-needed mild at the purposely hidden functioning of its society earlier than, in the course of, and after communism. Woven all through is an intimate, first-person account of his kinfolk background, from his Russian mother's coming of age between Moscow's bohemian creative elite to his American father's harrowing vodka-fueled run-ins with the KGB.

What emerges is a unprecedented portrait of a distinct land of extremes whose forbidding geography, cruel weather, and crushing corruption has however produced many of the world's maximum paintings and a few of its so much extraordinary medical advances. RUSSIANS is an expertly saw, gripping profile of a those who will proceed demanding the West for the foreseeable future.

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Download E-books Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum PDF

Constructed to satisfy the Soviet Union's requirement for a twin fighter and ground-attack airplane, the MiG-29 entered operational provider in 1983. With entry to all layout and construction documents, in addition to declassified technical drawings and images, Gordon has assembled the final word connection with this chilly conflict fighter, of which an envisioned 500 are nonetheless believed to be in carrier around the world.

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Download E-books The Worlds of Russian Village Women: Tradition, Transgression, Compromise PDF

By Laura J. Olson

Russian rural girls were depicted as sufferers of oppressive patriarchy, celebrated as symbols of inherent woman energy, and extolled because the unique resource of an excellent global tradition. through the years of collectivization, industrialization, and international struggle II, girls performed significant roles within the evolution of the Russian village. yet how do they see themselves? What do their tales, songs, and customs demonstrate approximately their values, wants, and motivations?
    Based upon approximately 3 many years of fieldwork, from 1983 to 2010, The Worlds of Russian Rural Women follows 3 generations of Russian girls and exhibits how they alternately look after, discard, and remodel the cultural traditions in their forebears to fit altering wishes and self-conceptions. In an incredible contribution to the examine of folklore, Laura J. Olson and Svetlana Adonyeva record the ways in which women's stories of conventional practices linked to marriage, childbirth, and dying mirror either upholding and transgression of social norms. Their romance songs, satirical ditties, and therapeutic and destructive magic demonstrate the complexity of strength kin within the Russian villages.

Table of Contents:
Introduction: culture, Transgression, Compromise
1 Traditions of Patriarchy and the lacking lady Voice in Russian Folklore Scholarship
2 Age and Gender prestige and identification: constitution and History
3 Subjectivity and the Relational Self in Russian Village Women's tales of Courtship and Marriage
4 The excitement, strength, and Nostalgia of Melodrama: Twentieth-Century making a song Traditions and Women's identification Construction
5 Transgression as Communicative Act: Rural Women's Chastushki
6 Magical Forces and the Symbolic assets of Motherhood
7 Magic, regulate, and Social Roles
8 developing identification in tales of the opposite World
9 dying, the lifeless, and Memory-Keepers

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Download E-books The Romanovs: The Final Chapter PDF

By Robert K. Massie

In July 1991, 9 skeletons have been exhumed from a shallow mass grave close to Ekaterinburg, Siberia, a number of miles from the notorious cellar room the place the final tsar and his relations were murdered seventy-three years prior to. yet have been those the bones of the Romanovs? And if those have been their is still, the place have been the bones of the 2 more youthful Romanovs supposedly murdered with the remainder of the kinfolk? was once Anna Anderson, celebrated for greater than sixty years in newspapers, books, and movie, quite Grand Duchess Anastasia? The Romanovs offers the solutions, describing in suspenseful element the dramatic efforts to find the reality. Pulitzer Prize winner Robert okay. Massie provides a colourful landscape of latest characters, illuminating the key medical dispute among Russian specialists and a staff of usa citizens, whose findings, in addition to these of DNA scientists from Russia, the US, and nice Britain, all contributed to fixing one of many nice mysteries of the 20 th century.

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