December 25, 2014
- Dissatisfaction and dissent in the “first” and “second” Russia, compared to Ferguson.
- I’m pretty sure that if Slavic Studies in North America is dying, it’s not because professors prefer Putin to Pushkin, but Clarissa knows different people than I do.
- Names for Nizhny Novgorod in Volga-Kama languages (including Chuvash).
- Lots of good stuff at Languagehat: Dostoevskii’s failures and Andrei Belyi; Del’vig the bête de somme; digitizing pre-1831 Russian books; tips on what to read by Anastasiia Marchenko, a prose writer from the 1840s and 1850s; plus Druzhinin and Aksakov (“Having been reading chronologically, I’m just as fed up with clever/ironic society tales as the Russian public must have been, and Aksakov’s straightforward, clean Russian prose and no-nonsense manner is immensely appealing”).
- LH also leads us to Boris Dralyuk reflecting on translating Babel’s Red Cavalry, as he just has. Specific and interesting throughout, especially on the dialect of the River Don Cossacks.
- 19c but not Russian: The best books of the year: 1814.
- Russian but not 19c: Alison Smith on the future Emperor Paul during the reign of Catherine II. See also the first and second parts of “The Case of the Dead Cheese Master,” a series in progress.