When the Doves Disappeared by Sofi Oksanen, translated from the Finnish by Lola Rogers
Limonov: The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet Who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in Russia by Emmanuel Carrère, translated from the French by John Lambert
Pushkin Hills by Sergei Dovlatov, translated from the Russian by Katherine Dovlatov, with an afterword by James Wood
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya von Bremzen
The corruption, inequality, and ultimate hopelessness that drive the plot of Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan are becoming only more evident and pronounced in the current meltdown of the Russian economy.
Mark Adomanis claims to have found eight errors in my piece on Michelle Parsons’ and Nicholas Eberstadt’s books on Russian demographics. To prove his points, he gets extremely selective with dates data.
Why are Russians dying in numbers, and at ages, and of causes never seen in any other country that is not, by any standard definition, at war?