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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Sunday 01 May 2011
Monday 28 March 2011
Thursday 10 February 2011
There's not much that the Kremlin can do to get rid of the long and difficult Russian winter – but it has decided that it can abolish "winter time", in a move announced this week by President Dmitry Medvedev.
Saturday 22 January 2011
Friday 31 December 2010
Monday 13 December 2010
As Britain prepares for a second wave of snowy weather and temperatures that are forecast to plunge as low as -15C, these hardy swimmers in Siberia demonstrate that chilly conditions need not be a bar to everyday activities.
Sunday 05 December 2010
Two engines failed on a Russian passenger jet shortly after takeoff yesterday. The plane made an emergency landing as its third engine cut out, skidding off the snowy runway and breaking apart. Two people were killed and 83 injured.
Friday 03 December 2010
Saturday 27 November 2010
The 10 Russian spies deported from the US this summer have surfaced on a joint holiday at Lake Baikal in Siberia.
Wednesday 03 November 2010
A 17-year-old has survived a 50-minute flight hidden in a plane's landing gear in Siberia.
Monday 27 September 2010
Friday 10 September 2010
Pavel Ivanchenko's life begins in poverty and violence, selling illegal vodka on the streets of Kirgask to support his family. But by the end of the novel, he has reinvented himself as one of post-Glasnost's most influential plutocrats.
Tuesday 31 August 2010
Friday 20 August 2010
I was standing on a beach in Siberia when this book was recommended to me. The wavelets of a small artificial ocean made by damming the river Ob were splashing on the sand, and I was wondering out loud about the roots of the Soviet passion for making grand modifications to nature. "You need to read Kolakowski," said the person I was with. "He's got a great chapter about what he calls 'the Promethean motif' in Marxism – the idea that it's the destiny of humanity to steal fire from the gods and make the world whatever we want it to be."
Sunday 01 August 2010
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
- 2 Tower Bridge glass walkway 'smashed' by night-time visitor dropping bottle of beer
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'