Louis Train reviews new translations of books by Russian politician Grigory Yavlinsky and scholar Sergei Medvedev. Continue reading Two ways of approaching Russia: reviewing new books by Sergei Medvedev and Grigory Yavlinsky
For years, Eliot Borenstein’s previous book, Overkill: sex and violence in contemporary Russian popular culture, has been my go-to recommendation for colleagues and Russocurious friends who want to learn more about the dominant narratives of modern-day Russia. For readers expecting … Continue reading They’re Coming for Us: Reviewing Eliot Borenstein’s Plots Against Russia: conspiracy and fantasy after socialism
It might be a bit on the nose, but I’d say that Olga Zilberbourg is herself a bit like water: her fiction is nourishing, refreshing, and impossible to hold in your hands before it slips away. In her latest collection, … Continue reading Dreaming of Leningrad: reviewing Like Water and Other Stories by Olga Zilberbourg
Earlier this year, London’s HUNCHtheatre announced the debut of a new play about the 2018 novichok poisonings in Salisbury, England. The show, titled To See Salisbury, brings a whimsical view of the event – the knowns and unknowns – to stages in the United Kingdom and the United States. Working in collaboration with Stage RC and expatriate Russian satirist Victor Shenderovich, the show promises to be provocative and insightful.
Lossi 36 Assistant Editor-in-chief Louis Train sat down with HUNCHtheatre co-founders Oliver Bennett and Vladimir Shcherban to ask about their vision, their work, and the questions they don’t know how to answer. Continue reading “Novichok on stage: an interview”
The last time Ukrainians went to the polls, in 2014, the incumbent president Viktor Yanukovych had fled to Russia and Kiev was recovering from months of public protest. Oligarch Petro Poroshenko won the presidency on the fumes of the Euromaidan … Continue reading Voices on the street: young Ukrainians on the 2019 election
In the spring of 2019, I joined the Euromaidan protests. Actually, I attended an immersive and participatory play about the protests in London, England, where audience members were encouraged to perform revolution alongside the actors. Counting Sheep was an intense … Continue reading Ra-zom! Performing revolution in London