Tag Archives: Soviet Union

1964: Oh, My Mangled Head!

In his book Alice in Many Tongues (1964), Warren Weaver spends the last chapter using a curious method to evaluate various translations of Alice in Wonderland. He takes the same passage from each translation—a portion of the Mad Tea-Party—and asks … Continue reading

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1922: Landscape

Konstantin Bogaevsky: Landscape with Lake (1922)

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1930: Atlas

Boris Ignatovich: At the Hermitage, 1930

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1919: Park

Ivan Fedorovich Choultse: Park in Neskuchnoye (1919)

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1920: Drag

Drag ball in the USSR, 1920’s From a review of Dan Healey’s Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia: Famously, the Russian Revolution brought the decriminalization of homosexuality in an act both nearly unique in Europe and astonishingly advanced in a country … Continue reading

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1925: The Copper Tambourine of the Night

Maximilian Voloshin: Медный бубен ночи [The Copper Tambourine of the Night] (1925) The pearl bejeweling the quiet of night, The gem of the lagoon’s star-studded base! Your light makes young and pallid every face, Thorn-apple longs for You in love-lorn … Continue reading

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1941: Merry Christmas to All Loyal Comrades of the Victorious Soviet!

I couldn’t pass up this Christmas figurine of Santa Claus piloting a WWII-era Soviet Polikarpov I-16, complete with red star markings on the vertical stabilizer. Santa crashes while delivering presents in Siberia. (Actually a Polikarpov I-16 after an emergency landing … Continue reading

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