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Politics

Shostakovich and his reception in Britain

When Solomon Volkov published his book ‘Testimony’ in 1979, it not only created shock waves in Britain, but a storm. Published shortly after his death, it claimed to be Shostakovich’s memoirs narrated over a series of meetings with Volkov, portraying the composer as a suffering dissident, who spoke in support of the Communist regime out […]Read More

Art

Russian Literature around the World: Doctor Zhivago

The novel “Doctor Zhivago” can be described as Pasternak’s “lyrical autobiography” or simply – the work of his whole life, because from its conception (1912) to the publication of the work, almost half of the writer’s life passed. Repeated attempts to start a profound and immense story ended with the creation of independent, separate novels […]Read More

Culture

Russian Literature around the World: Fathers and Children

The History of its Creation  Turgenev first thought of creating a new work describing reality when he was on the Isle of Wight, in England. There he conceived a major story, the hero of which should be a young doctor. The prototype of Bazarov came from a young doctor, who Turgenev met while traveling by […]Read More

Politics

Breaking News? Journalism Throughout the Centuries!

Fleet Street runs parallel to the Thames, one of the main thoroughfares of London. City workers, tourists and red buses make their way along it, overlooked by tall buildings that betray hints of the street’s past. Today it is a centre of investment banking, accountancy and law. A passage running perpendicular leads to the 12th […]Read More

Culture

Russian Literature around the World: Petersburg Tales

Nikolai Vasilyevich came to St. Petersburg, still a young man dreaming of transforming the world. When he reached St Petersburg, he collided with the reality of the big city. His plan was to become a lawyer in order to improve the lives of the people there. However, the young man soon understood that this was […]Read More

Politics

The Corona Crisis Around the World: A Year On

A little over a year ago, it would have been almost impossible to predict that the world was on the brink of a pandemic. To date over 2.5 million people have lost their lives to Covid-19, the new virus, and it has drastically affected the lives of even those who haven’t caught it. It has […]Read More

Art

Russian Literature around the World: Eugene Onegin

The novel “Eugene Onegin” has a central place among all the artistic endeavors of A. S. Pushkin. This is the most significant work of the poet, the most famous and influenced the development of Russian literature the most. The novel took 7 years, 4 months and 17 days of hard work (1823 – 1831) and […]Read More

History

Bible Translation: The Present, the Past and its Future

It was through crosswords that Phil King ended up involved in Bible translation. Beginning his maths degree at Cambridge University, he had never considered going into it. Although he’d enjoyed reading the Bible as a teenager, he was ‘nerdy and introverted’, and didn’t think he had the ‘people skills’ for such a field. He was […]Read More

History

How the British See Classic Czech Literature: The Unbearable Lightness

Internationally, Milan Kundera is possibly the most famous Czech writer of all time. His books, which include titles such as The Joke, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Immortality, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting or Laughable Loves, have become Czech classics and global bestsellers. Despite his enormous fame in the Czech Republic, his attitude towards […]Read More

History

How Czechs See Classic British Literature: Animal Farm

Animal Farm, an allegorical novel, was published in 1945, as the second world war came to its end. Labelled by Orwell himself as ‘a fairy story’, it tells the tale of a farm which stages a revolution against its farmer and, in doing so, all of man-kind. The animals dream of a farm in which […]Read More