ANATOLIJ ANDREEV. Otchuzdenishi
Otchuzdenish in Russian is estranged, left by all kins. But otchuzdenije (estrangement) has several meanings including philosophical, nearly epochal one, if to believe the protagonist of this “epic novel” as the author himself defines the genre of his work.
YOURIJ IZDRIK. Double Leon
Of course it’s a novel about love. About the flight into life and the flight out of life. About unbelief. About reality lost in reality and about reality raising illusions up to reality. About illusions in which the meaning of existence is hiding and abiding. In short — it’s about “all that jazz” as the protagonist of the novel puts it gently referring the reader to Bob Fosse’s film which would have been useful to refresh in mind before starting to read the novel.
ALEXANDER RAR. The Cold Friend. Why the West Needs Russia?
This is a chapter from the new book by one of the leading western politologists, an expert for The German Council of Foreign Policy A. Rar. It is dedicated to the question whether Russia will become empire again. He writes: “To teach Russia democracy is hopeless. This country is too proud to sit at a school desk as well as the West hardly fits for the teacher’s part. Meanwhile Russia is becoming more and more powerful…They underestimate Russia in the West alleging that it is not important any more”.
MIKHAIL RUMER-ZARAEV. Stolipin’s Project.
On the ruins of the soviet collective-farm system the post-soviet Russia is groping for different forms of successful functioning of its country life trying to stop its dying out and to find a compromise between archaic character of small private farms and agricultural capitalist economy. How long will the country be looking for its ways?
The round-table literary critics’ discussion by correspondence carried out by “DN” is dedicated to the prominent literary events of the year, this time not only in Russia but also in the neighbourly countries: Ukraine and Belorussia. Participating in the discussion are: Nickolay ALEXANDROV, Roman ARBITMAN, Andrej ARKHANGELSKIJ, Pavel BASINSKIJ, Vladimir BONDARENKO, Olga BUGOSLAVSKAYA, Olga LEBEDUSHKINA, Valeriya PUSTOVAYA and Andrej RUDALEV.