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    It's difficult to compare Turgenev and...

    It's difficult to compare Turgenev and Dostoevskiy. They are too different, they also look at Russia from different points of view- while Turgenev is definitely a Westerner ("Zapadnik"), Dostoevsky...
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    I haven't read much of the poetry, but I really...

    I haven't read much of the poetry, but I really enjoyed "Women", "Factotum" and "Post office". To be fair after reading one of his books, the others seem kind of similar... I think you just have to...
  3. Thread: Anton Chekhov

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    I love Chekhov's short stories. Rothschild's...

    I love Chekhov's short stories. Rothschild's Fiddle is probably my favorite.
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    I loved "Cathcher in the Rye" and was totally...

    I loved "Cathcher in the Rye" and was totally dissapointed with Life of Pi. Pi Patel's figure is way too perfect and not interesting- can't even be compared with a complex Salinger's hero
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    I really liked this one- it's now officially my...

    I really liked this one- it's now officially my favorite vampire movie.
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    Well, I am not a specialist in Indian...

    Well, I am not a specialist in Indian architecture, but the arhchitectural tradition of the medieval Russia obviously comes from Byzantium cathedrals. There are traditional golden domes in both...
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    Poll: Didn't like it too much...

    I read about a year ago- didn't like it too much... I've always preferred classical detectives.
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    At the time when the Russians converted to...

    At the time when the Russians converted to christianity (988 AD), the Byzantine Empire was probably the most powerful state around (I am talking about Christian states, so we won't talk about...
  9. Poll: Moved to the new age bracket this year- will be...

    Moved to the new age bracket this year- will be 25...
  10. Pushkin was a well known womanizer

    It's a well know fact that Pushkin was a terrible womanizer- he had a huge number of affairs. One of his most famous ones was with Anna Kern to whom he dedicated a lot of his poems. In fact, if I'm...
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    Well there are Marina Tsvetaeva and Anna...

    Well there are Marina Tsvetaeva and Anna Akhmatova. They are poets though.
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    Everything by Astrid Lindgren- especially...

    Everything by Astrid Lindgren- especially Karlsson, stories about Emil from Lonneberga and "Mio, my Mio"

    A bit later came Alfred Szklarski series about Tomek
    And after that there were Julel...
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    The last one was "Juno"- pretty good and...

    The last one was "Juno"- pretty good and touching. 8/10
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    I can theoretically find the connection with the...

    I can theoretically find the connection with the WW2- with Nazi Germany being Mordor, West being elves and USSR standing for Gondor that took the hardest hit from the Enemy- plus there is already a...
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    Well, they did look like cossacks, but it's not...

    Well, they did look like cossacks, but it's not like cossacks live in the north- I obviously won't question their evilness :)

    Their Russian was perfect btw, so they actually employed Russian actors
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    I've just seen "Golden Compass"- it was OK for a...

    I've just seen "Golden Compass"- it was OK for a fantasy movie but suddenly the evil northern people started speaking Russian- at first I thought I fell asleep- it certainly made my day
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    Well, a a couple of points

    For me Margarita is nothing like Tatyana, whose character is not even half strong as Margo's. She saves her lover like Gretchen does in "Faust" (there are in general a...
  18. Poll: Well, I can answer the second question. Master...

    Well, I can answer the second question. Master was taken to the NKVD- after all Mogarych obviously informed the authorities. In the novel there are a lot of places where it's not said explicitly...
  19. Poll: Well, this is only one of the versions. I can't...

    Well, this is only one of the versions. I can't say that I fully agree with it. Even though the site is very good, it doesn't mean that everything there is true :)
  20. Poll: The problem ,Baz, is that as far as I know nobody...

    The problem ,Baz, is that as far as I know nobody knows who Koroviev really is. I've read about couple of versions- one was about the Albigonsian knight who compared the death of Simon de Monfor with...
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    The series is reasonably good, haven't seen the movie.



    It's cool- but some of my friends still have SamIzdat "M&M" from the times when it was not allowed and their parents were secretly giving...
  22. Poll: The part of the book about Jeshua does not have...

    The part of the book about Jeshua does not have much humor, does it?
    Bulgakov shows us that Levy Mathew does not understand much of Jeshua's teachings so what we have left is spoilt and changed...
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    Poll: Well, I usually read "M&M" at least once a year...

    Well, I usually read "M&M" at least once a year (usually much more often)
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    Poll: If M&M is chosen there is a very good site for...

    If M&M is chosen there is a very good site for non Russian speakers to better understand the novel

    http://cr.middlebury.edu/public/russian/Bulgakov/public_html/

    There are descriptions of...
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    Poll: I am not sure about amazon's commentaries but it...

    I am not sure about amazon's commentaries but it is a fact that "White Guard" competes for the second most popular Bulgakov book in Russia ( with "Heart of a dog") being superceded only by "Master...
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