Sweetness and light among shame and confusion. The greatest of all novels is Leo Tolstoy's final novel, Resurrection. Its effect upon a reader is immense and immediate. Even after eight readings of various translations, I continue to feel its spell and admire its complexity.
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Wednesday 26 December 2012
Some owners can’t cope when popular breed turns into ‘Kevin the teenager’
Tuesday 23 October 2012
Two members of the anti-Putin band Pussy Riot have been sent to remote prison colonies to serve their sentences for hooliganism, according to supporters of the group.
Friday 19 October 2012
Documentary on sexual exploitation cancelled as director-general faces grilling by MPs
Tuesday 16 October 2012
President Vladimir Putin's loyalists swept to victory in most local election races held across Russia, preliminary results showed yesterday, but observers said the vote was openly rigged.
Friday 05 October 2012
An 11 year-old Russian boy made one of the discoveries of the century when he stumbled across the remains of a 30,000-year-old woolly mammoth, the New Scientist reports.
Friday 28 September 2012
In 1938 a team of Nazi scientists, funded by Heinrich Himmler went looting in Tibet, where Himmler believed the Aryan race originated.
Tuesday 21 August 2012
A woman has strangled her elderly neighbour with her bra, Russian investigators said today.
Sunday 29 July 2012
World champion Victoria Pendleton believes perennial adversary Anna Meares is in a commanding position as the start of action in the velodrome looms at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The Weekend's Viewing: The World’s Most Dangerous Roads, Sun, BBC2
Engineering Giants: Jumbo Jet Strip-Down, Sun, BBC2
Monday 16 July 2012
The World's Most Dangerous Roads might be the most quintessential Sunday evening programme ever made.
Wednesday 04 July 2012
Police believe they have caught one of Russia's worst serial killers, when a former policeman was detained in Vladivostok after a 15-year investigation.
Monday 14 May 2012
A modern-day fairy tale from the small Siberian town of Tiksi, told through the lens of Evgenia Arbugaeva, is one of the highlights of the upcoming London Festival of Photography.
Friday 20 April 2012
Ray Lygo was a naval airman who transferred to surface ships, becoming a full admiral, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, and briefly First Sea Lord, before moving on to be a captain of industry. The latter role saw him caught up in the Westland affair during the 1980s.
Thursday 19 April 2012
As Robert Holman's touching triptych of war plays is revived at the Donmar, Paul Taylor salutes an undervalued but endlessly powerful playwright
Sunday 08 April 2012
The view from a log cabin
Monday 26 March 2012
In the never-ending search for eternal youth, nothing is considered too extreme or, in light of a new treatment from Siberia, too unnervingly gross. The snail facial (a Snaicial?) is said to restore weather-beaten skin to its luminescent best, thanks to an active ingredient in the snotty snail slime that beats wrinkles and helps to heal scars and burns.
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
- 1 Michelle Watt's father says TV presenter killed herself because she was in constant pain
- 2 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 3 'Help me I'm trapped in a factory' messages keep being found on bottles of vitamin water
- 4 North Korean defector flees to Finland 'with evidence of chemical testing on humans'
- 5 Greek debt crisis: The photograph that conveys the despair of Greece's elderly