This past week the Los Angeles Review of Books has been heavy on Slavic content! On Monday, October 24, we featured Sasha Razor’s interview with Russian novelist, poet, biographer, and unlikely pop culture icon Dmitry Bykov.
The next day saw the publication of Daniel Elkind’s eloquent, masterfully contextualized review of Vladimir Arsenyev’s classic account Across the Ussuri Kray: Travels in the Sikhote-Alin Mountains — the inspiration for Akira Kurosawa’s Academy Award–winning Dersu Uzala (1975) — in a new translation by Jonathan C. Slaght (Indiana University Press, 2016).
On Thursday, October 27, we published Polish-American poet and essayist Piotr Florczyk’s review of Written in the Dark (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2016), an important brief anthology of poetry from the Siege of Leningrad (1941–1944), edited by Polina Barskova and with an afterword by Ilya Kukulin. Written in the Dark includes poems by Gennady Gor, Dmitry Maksimov, Sergey Rudakov, Vladimir Sterligov, and Pavel Zaltsman, translated by Anand Dibble, Ben Felkner-Quinn, Ainsley Morse, Eugene Ostashevsky, Rebekah Smith, Charles Swank, Jason Wagner, and Matvei Yankelevich.
And today we’ve posted Jennifer Wilson’s essay on Nabokov, American race relations, and Lolita.