Not under foreign skies Nor under foreign wings protected – I shared all this with my own people There, where misfortune had abandoned us. [1961] INSTEAD OF A PREFACE During the frightening years of the Yezhov terror, I spent seventeen months waiting in prison queues in Leningrad. One day, somehow, someone ‘picked me out’. On […]

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From ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Part II, Book 5: Pro and Contra, Chapter 5: The Grand Inquisitor, translated by Constance Garnett. Full text: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/dostoevsky/brothers.html “Even this must have a preface- that is, a literary preface,” laughed Ivan, “and I am a poor hand at making one.  You see, my action takes place in […]

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Biography From the Encyclopedia Britannica: “Anton Chekhov, in full Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (born Jan. 29 [Jan. 17, Old Style], 1860, Taganrog, Russia—died July 14/15 [July 1/2], 1904, Badenweiler, Ger.), major Russian playwright and master of the modern short story. He was a literary artist of laconic precision who probed below the surface of life, laying […]

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Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva (Russian: Мари́на Ива́новна Цвета́ева; 8 October [O.S. 26 September] 1892 – 31 August 1941) was a Russian and Soviet poet. Her work is considered among some of the greatest in twentieth century Russian literature. She lived through and wrote of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the Moscow famine that followed it. In […]

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Biography Her real name is Anna Andreevna Gorenko, a Russian poet credited with a large influence on Russian poetry. Akhmatova’s work ranges from short lyric poems to universalized, ingeniously structured cycles, such as Requiem (1935-40), her tragic masterpiece about the Stalinist terror. Her work addresses a variety of themes including time and memory, the fate […]

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Born to parents Mikhail and Maria, Fyodor was the second of seven children. Fyodor’s mother died of an illness in 1837. Fyodor and his brother Michael were sent to the Military Engineering Academy at St. Petersburg shortly after their mother’s death, though these plans had begun even before she became ill. It was not long […]

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