The Japan Times has a nice piece by Roger Pulvers on the great early Soviet writer Boris Pilnyak (I wrote about him here, and I see I promised to write about his masterpiece, The Naked Year, which I still haven't done). The Pulvers piece focuses on his visit to Japan and the book he wrote about it, ????? ????????? ?????? (Roots of the Japanese sun), which I've been wanting to read ever since Sashura told me his Japanese professor had recommended it.
Norman Mailer was one of the most original and powerful writers of the twentieth century, but he never wrote a truly great novel. Despite the great success of his first book, “The Naked and the Dead,” which he wrote at twenty-three,... Read Post
RIA Novosti rings in the New Year with a look at masterpieces from Russian and Soviet artists. Today’s image gallery displays the work of Boris Kustodiev. Read Post
In The Japan Times Roger Pulvers finds Twin tours de force offer insights into Japan not lost in translation, as he maintains: The year 2010 may come to be seen as a landmark in terms of literature written in English that draws on J... Read Post