Mostly twentieth-century links
December 12, 2011
- Jo Trew tells us what changes from Solzhenitsyn’s The First Circle to In the First Circle, with a bonus on how writers’ public pronouncements that appall us do or don’t ruin their writing for us. (On this score I’d love to hear what she thinks of Tatyana Tolstaya’s anti-feminist views, which Helena Goscilo discusses here, pp. 96-99.)
- Though I haven’t seen John Hodge’s The Collaborators, it’s hard not to join Russian Dinosaur in standing up for Bulgakov. However, I doubt writing a play critical of whichever of the “real collaborators in 1930s Russia” most deserved it would lead to the most interesting piece of art imaginable.
- I’ve only recently become aware of a podcast (RSS) of interviews with authors of scholarly books about Russia and Eurasia. Here’s one with Frank Wcislo about Tales of Imperial Russia: The Life and Times of Sergei Witte, 1849-1915.