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19th Century Cougar Anna Karenina star
Although the penchant for a younger woman by an older man has always been accepted, the opposite – an older woman’s desire for a younger man – was taboo. A literary examples of such a relationship is Leo Tolstoy's materpiece, Anna Karenina.

Feodor Dostoyevsky star
Feodor Dostoyevsky is remembered as an amazing and talented author of “Crime and Punishment.” As often happens with writers, he had an “aha” moment, abandoning an engineering career once he realized that his true calling in life was writing.

Gavrila Derzhavin Russian Writer star
Read about Gavrila or Gabriel Derzhavin, a Russian poet, writer, scientist, and politician in the role of Senator, Minister and personal secretary to the Empress Catherine the Great.

How Much Land Does a Man Need star
How much land does a man really need? The Russian author Leo Tolstoy reminds us in his tale about Pahom and his quest for more land that although it is good to have goals and aspirations, we should nevertheless set boundaries for ourselves.

Lermontov's Lullaby star
Next to Alexander Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov remains one of Russia's best known poets. He's a descendant of a Scottish officer who came to Russia to serve in the military in the seventeenth century.

Nabokov, Translation and Butterflies star
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov is recognized as one of the greatest twentieth century Russian writers, translators, and critics. You and I and a host of others recognize the name as the direct result of one of Nabokov’s more controversial works, Lolita.

Pushkin Poet Extraordinaire star
Alexander Pushkin is one of Russia's favorite poets and the descendant of an African prince. Read his brief biography and a translation of his poem, "I Loved You."

Russian Cinema Resources star[offsite link]
comprehensive site with links to many other organisations, info on actors, films, directors etc. Some material in English

SovLit.com star[offsite link]
Author bios, historical info and translated summaries of many famous Soviet-era works, whether lauded or derided by the Party

The Russian Writer Gogol star
Nikolai Gogol was born in 1809 in the Ukraine in close proximity to the village of Dikanka. Gogol had a mystical personality and he wandered for a good portion of his life. He is the author of Dead Souls.

What Is a Typical Modern Russian Film? star[offsite link]
Interesting English-language introduction to conemporary Russian film

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