Posts Tagged With: Russia

NOBILITY A Conversation Piece … (No. 36)

Which country has the most counts, dukes, barons and so on?How strong is nobility in reality? Well, in monarchies the Blueblooded play still an at least optically dominant role. In true democracies they are relicts of a glorious past. But how many people belong to the nobility in countries with an aristocratic past? The figures … Continue reading »

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LITERATURE Lost & Found (No. 63)

A interesting discovery in a well known book …Of course, you know Ernest Hemingway‘s novel of the Spanish Civil War „For Whom the Bell Tolls“. You have probably seen the movie with Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman, Hollywood made after the book. Then you have encountered the Russian war correspondent (for the party paper „Pravda“) … Continue reading »

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TRAVEL The Book To Look … (No. 32)

Again Colin Thubron has written a marvellous guide to followThis guy is good! I have read three of his books: Siberia, Chiba – and this one: „Shadow of the Silk Road“, published 2006. Author Colin Thubron (*1939) is an Englishman and travels on foot, by bus, taxi, train or or whatever moves in his direction. … Continue reading »

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ART Lost & Found … (No. 67)

I detected a great book by an early traveler in North America (I)Looking around in the bookstore in the Peter & Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg (Russia), I discovered the volume „Traveling across North America 1812-1813“. A wonderful book with 192 pages and 75 illustrations, mostly watercolors, painted by the Russian diplomat Pavel Svinin (1787-1839) … Continue reading »

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LITERATURE The Book To Look (No. 31)

Read Vasily Grossman’s „Life and Fate“ as soon as possible …!I tell you: When I finished the last page of this book (p. 887), I knew that I had indeed read the greatest Russian novel of the 20th century (that’s what „Le Monde“ called it). It’s breathtaking, entertaining, horrible, wonderful. Chapter 50 is the key … Continue reading »

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TRAVEL In Praise of … Kishi Island (No. 37)

Be fast, go to Lake Onega in Russia, have a look at these churches … Kizhi or Kishi Island is located on this lake in Karelia (near Finland). There you find two large wooden churches (the 22-dome Transfiguration Church and the 9-dome Intercession Church) and a bell-tower. The island is only 4 m or 12 … Continue reading »

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ODDITIES Moments You Never Forget … (No. 14)

Standing on Red Square, wondering why it is so large!It’s a miracle: The Tiananmen Square in Beijing is much, much larger. But the Red Square in Moscow looks endlessly bigger. Why is that so? The Red Square measures 70 x 330 m (77 x 360 yards) only, compared to the 500 x 800 m (550 … Continue reading »

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TRAVEL The Book To Look … (No. 23)

What you always wanted to know about Siberia… you’ll find in Colin Thubron‘s „In Siberia“. A breathtaking book, only an Englishman could have written, I think. Here, a man travelled for thousands of miles through the unknown one fifth of the earth, often being the first westener – after the Gulag prisoners. And on page … Continue reading »

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AGENTS Moments You Never Forget … (No. 7)

When a KGB officer asks for a favour in the streets of MoscowNormally when a gentleman encounters you in the streets of Moscow, with this decoration on or under his lapel, you know that you are done. It’s a KGB officer’s identification, a mysterious thing because the black shield seems to be an all seeing … Continue reading »

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