Gary Saul Morson

Gary Saul Morson

Gary Saul Morson is the Lawrence B. Dumas Professor of the Arts and Humanities and a Professor in the Slavic Languages and Literatures Department at Northwestern. His latest book is Minds Wide Shut: How the New Fundamentalisms Divide Us, co­written with Morton Schapiro. (May 2022)

What Solzhenitsyn Understood

Detecting the same incompetence and self-satisfaction among the liberals of the Provisional Government in 1917 and the reformers of the post-Soviet era in the 1990s, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn feared another descent into authoritarian rule.

March 1917: The Red Wheel/Node III (8 March–31 March): Book 3

by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, translated from the Russian by Marian Schwartz

Between Two Millstones: Book 2, Exile in America, 1978–1994

by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, translated from the Russian by Clare Kitson and Melanie Moore, and with a foreword by Daniel J. Mahoney

May 12, 2022 issue

Falling in Love with Terror

Boris Savinkov practiced the two most prestigious Russian occupations in the early twentieth century: terrorism and novel writing.

To Break Russia’s Chains: Boris Savinkov and His Wars Against the Tsar and the Bolsheviks

by Vladimir Alexandrov

Pale Horse: A Novel of Revolutionary Russia

by Boris Savinkov, translated from the Russian by Michael R. Katz and with an introduction by Otto Boele

January 13, 2022 issue

Dostoevsky and His Demons

Three biographers take different approaches to the great writer’s life, which often resembled his most fantastic tales.

Fyodor Dostoevsky: A Life in Letters, Memoirs, and Criticism: Volume 1: In the Beginning, 1821–1845

by Thomas Gaiton Marullo

Fyodor Dostoevsky: A Life in Letters, Memoirs, and Criticism: Volume 2: The Gathering Storm, 1846–1847

by Thomas Gaiton Marullo

Dostoevsky in Love: An Intimate Life

by Alex Christofi

Lectures on Dostoevsky

by Joseph Frank, edited by Marina Brodskaya and Marguerite Frank

July 1, 2021 issue

Casting Pearls Before Repetilovs

The brief, dashing life of Alexander Griboedov, who wrote the most-performed play in the Russian repertory, married a princess, and died during a bloody uprising in Persia.

Woe from Wit: A Verse Comedy in Four Acts

by Alexander Griboedov, translated from the Russian by Betsy Hulick

The Death of the Vazir-Mukhtar

by Yuri Tynianov, translated from the Russian by Susan Causey and edited by Vera Tsareva-Brauner

The Death of Vazir-Mukhtar

by Yury Tynyanov, translated from the Russian by Anna Kurkina Rush and Christopher Rush

March 25, 2021 issue

Ilya Repin: Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan, 1885

Truly Terrible

Ivan the Terrible: Free to Reward and Free to Punish

by Charles J. Halperin

February 27, 2020 issue

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