Tag: russian literature

Helen Rappaport: The Romanov Sisters

They were the Princess Dianas of their day—perhaps the most photographed and talked about young royals of the early twentieth century. The four captivating Russian Grand Duchesses—Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov—were much admired for their happy dispositions, their looks, the clothes they wore and their privileged lifestyle. Over the years, the story of the

The Master and Margarita

Mikhail Bulgakov’s devastating satire of Soviet life was written during the darkest period of Stalin’s regime. Combining two distinct yet interwoven parts—one set in ancient Jerusalem, one in contemporary Moscow—the novel veers from moods of wild theatricality with violent storms, vampire attacks, and a Satanic ball; to such somber scenes as the meeting of Pilate

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Happy May Day! It’s a gorgeous morning, the sky is blue, the trees are flowering… Goddamn flowering trees. I hate them. My husband and I both have horrible allergies and have been miserable the last few days. …they sure are pretty! Today starts the beginning of Tee’s May Book Challenge, which I introduced yesterday. We
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