VALERIJ ISKHAKOV. Phantom of the Author. A novel.
Are you keen on the theater? Do you want to see it from inside? True, it’s not quite an ordinary theater. There is everything in it: actors (famous!), producers (also far from unknown), problems of the repertoire, but… To understand this “but” best of all is to read the new novel by the well-known author from Ekaterinburg V. Iskhakov.
EGISHE CHARENTZ. Poems. Translated from Armenian by Mikhail Sinelnikov.
Sometimes miracles do happen. One of such miracles is an unexpected finding of some hundreds lines (the existence of which was not even suspected) by the great Armenian poet Egishe Charentz. Written in the last years of the master’s life, full of anguish, love, tragic premonitions, they prove the remarkable power of his talent. The story of this astonishing find is told in the preface-essay by M.Sinelnikov, who also made the translations of this luckily found treasure of national classics.
“DN” keeps acquainting the readers with the best pieces of ethnic literatures of today’s Russia. In this issue we publish a collection of new works by poets, prosaists and essayists of Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Chuvashia, Udmurtia, Mariy-El and speeches of the participants of the FORUM OF WRITERS AND TRANSLATORS FROM THE VOLGA’S REGION, which took place in Kazan this April.
SVETLANA CHURAEVA. Lower Than the Heaven.
What is happening with us and this country here, lower than the heaven? If pictures of a very good old painter are kept in the local museum “face to wall”, what does it mean? Has our cruel century made short work of them or has the artist’s soul incarnated in his water-colours turned away from us? Such is the pathos of the lyrical documentary by Chuvashian author S. Churaeva.
VYACHESLAV AR-SERGI. “But You Haven’t Asked…”
“The centuries-old history of Udmurts has taught them to believe nobody including themselves, all the more God. One may talk to heavens, consult them, ask something, but one also may be cunning with them a little bit and sometimes even reproach them — as a neighbour. Yes, for an Udmurt God is a kind of a neighbour. Once you’ve found the understanding with Him — it will always be all right”.
The national Udmurtian writer V. Ar-Sergi is opening slightly the depths of Udmurtian national character.