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Svetlana Alexievich Is No Useful Idiot

 

Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2015 for work she has produced over the last 30 years chronicling the troubled history of the USSR.  What you see here is my interview with her and my further consideration of her importance to world culture; the piece was released originally on 23 May 2016 at "The . . .

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August 13, 2016

The Colossal Heart of This People

a review of "The Tsar of Love & Techno" by Anthony Marra

The rule: if you happen to have been born in the west, never attempt to write a novel about Russia because you’ll get it wrong. For too long, English-language attempts at plumbing – in fiction – the depths of the Russian mystique have resulted in some patently awful genre writing that typically features a silly pastiche of . . .

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August 12, 2016

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