AKA MORCHILADZE. The Flight to the Island of Madatov and Back.
It’s a playful, witty, ironical and thrilling piece of prose in which “the author has made up his mind to show detectives of the past times. Therefore he has chosen to compose this work according to the patterns of the old English or French novels and display why novels like those by Wilkie Collins are not considered as detective stories nowadays and why they seem dull to the modern reader…”
Poems by today’s Armenian poets VAAGN MUGENTZYAN, AKOB MOVSES and RACHYA TAMRAZYAN are diverse in their artistic hand. They are presented here in Russian translations of our regular author, poet and translator GRIGORIJ KUBATYAN.
SULTAN YASHURKAYEV. Scratches on the Splinters. Fragments of the Book Two.
To read this book of the gifted Chechen writer S. Yashurkayev would be useful to everybody in Russia for to learn from the first hand how lived, what felt, what were thinking about people who had nothing to do with unleashing the war when it came down on them like the roof of their own house suddenly collapsed; for to realize with unprejudiced mind and gentle heart what kind of people Chechens are. Because understanding is the first step to mutual consent.
VLADIMIR ERMAKOV. Disfranchisement of Poetry.
The crisis of Russian poetry at the boundary of the ages is obvious. Nowadays poet is a survival of the mythological epoch. Neither the state nor the society does not care for him a bit. What response will his word find? None. The space doesn’t resound — ascertains V. Ermakov and asks the question: what is left to the poet’s lot?
LIZA NOVIKOVA. An Honest view of the Future of Russian Literature.
Within the boundaries of the protest program “Strategy-31” the writer Eduard Limonov appeals: “Put your books aside and go out to the squares”. Literary critic Liza Novikova on the contrary insists: “As the protest against many things surrounding us now it is well worth at least every 31-st day of every odd month to take in hands a good book”. Her polemical notes are about what “a good book” is and what the future of our literature will be.