Sep 18, 2018
One of the most important phenomena in theatre at the turn of the century was the appearance and the triumph of realism. Realism portrayed social and psychological problems of ordinary life. It showed inner dimension of the characters on stage.
One of the theatre practitioners most deserving for...
Aug 07, 2018
Should a 484-page book about the history of St. Petersburg without a single mention of St. John of Kronstadt, one of the greatest spiritual leaders of Russia, be immediately dismissed? No. Despite its cynicism, proclivity for sex scandal and political intrigue, Jonathan Miles's St Petersburg: Three...
Jul 20, 2018
Trump's statements have been contradictory since the beginning of his presidency, to say the least. The consequences of his talk with Putin are not quite clear, but the liberal American press bashed him as expected. It sure seems like he is playing a double game.
For the world beyond the US borde...
Jul 04, 2018
There have been so many movies, especially since the 1990s, where violence seems to be its own raison d'être. Chopped fingers, severed limbs and buckets of blood are meant to shock, disturb and move the audience. In The Revenant, however, violence and blood is inevitable. It is the natural outcome o...
Jun 20, 2018
In the past ten months or so, I wrote and translated about two dozen articles dealing with the Russian Revolution. In need of illustrations, I turned, naturally, to the internet. There is not that many good photos of the event, though, and, as I found out soon, most other articles about the same top...