Literature

Literature

The 2016 Reading List

2016 was a great year for books about Ukrainian and Soviet history. Check out our top 8 picks and find something to take on...

An English Sketch of Nineteenth Century Odessa

The 19th century British traveler discovers a cosmopolitan and colorful city whose inhabitants go out of their way to appear ‘as little Russian as...

In Search Of Mykola Bazhan’s Legacy On The Eve Of Commemorations Of Babyn Yar

Mykola Platonovich Bazhan (1904-1983) was one of the greatest Ukrainian poets of the twentieth century. He cemented his literary reputation in the 1920’s as...

Ukrainian Writer Yurii Andrukhovych On Literary Translation And Beat Poetry

Yurii Andrukhovych is perhaps the most renowned prose writer, poet, essayist, and translator in contemporary Ukrainian literature. He was born in the city of...

The Art and Science of Translating Babel

In 1929, the great American literary critic Lionel Trilling read a book “about Soviet regiments of horse operating in Poland” that disturbed him, charged,...

Simon Sebag Montefiore's Ode to Charms of Odessa

Globally acclaimed historian and author Simon Sebag Montefiore is convinced that Odessa is unlike any other city. About the author: Simon Sebag Montefiore is a...

On Laurence Oliphant: The Most Interesting and Banal Travel Writer of All Time

I invite you, dear reader, to try out the following anthropological experiment the next time you are on a transcontinental flight: wander about the...

Imparting Literary Magic Through Translation: A Conversation With Boris Dralyuk

Boris Dralyuk is the Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books as well as a literary translator. He holds a PhD in...

On The Radarami Project

An American long active in Georgia writes about his organization, which is dedicated to connecting the small Georgian nation to big ideas around the...

Babel’s Extended Ode to Odessa

'Odessa' by Isaac Babel Translated by Val Vinokur Photo by Igor Sytnik Odessa is a nasty town. Everybody knows this. Instead of saying “what’s the difference,” over...