Author: Josh Wilson

The Tragic and Triumphant History of the Girl with an Oar

The Girl with an Oar sculpture was re-introduced to Gorky Park in 2011. Originally installed in 1935, it was then a controversial piece of art, and endured criticism, a likely theft or vandalism, revision, and then destruction by Nazi bombs. Everyone associated with the statue died the year the statue was destroyed: 1941. The statue […]

4 Painters Enchanted by Winter

Winter is the most fairytale-like time of year. Everything around is covered with a sparkling white quilt; only purity and mystery remain. It is impossible not to fall in love with winter. AdMe.ru, a Russian site, has put together a list of four artists in Russia who capture the beauty of the season. This translation […]

Russian Painters For Dummies

In response to a wider trend of “Art History for Dummies” that has recently gone viral, the staff at AdMe.ru, a Russian website, recently created a short guide that will help you to distinguish Brullov from Surikov and Kandinsky from Malevich. Please note: this is not an art appreciation course but a simplified guide created […]

Understanding Moscow: Through Literature, History, and Film

A conversation on the popular listserve SEELANGS led to many experts volunteering some of their favorite works about the city of Moscow -including films, novels, histories, and academic studies. Below are the majority of the works mentioned. Poems Moscow in the Plague Year: Poems Evgenii Onegin: A Novel in Verse   Novels and Plays:   […]

New Movie About Chagal and Malevich

Legendary director and screenwriter Alexander Mitta is back after a 10-year break from his craft. He has recently released a film about the at-times violent conflicts between the great Russian artists Marc Chagall and Kazimir Malevich in the early years of Soviet rule. A trailer is below with English subtitles (with brief nudity).  

Adam Fuss: Translating Russian Communications

Adam Fuss has worked as a freelance writer, editor, translator, and communications professional for over eight years. Prior to establishing ABF Communications in early 2008, he worked on a series of assignments in Moscow, Russia as a writer and translator for several high-profile global corporate communications projects. He holds a graduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. […]

Julius “Jay” Wachtel: History, Fiction, and Something In between

Julius (“Jay”) Wachtel was born in Italy. Two weeks later he and his parents, both Holocaust survivors, moved to Buenos Aires. A decade later the family emigrated to the US and settled in Los Angeles. The fact that his mother had been liberated by Soviet troops led Jay to develop an interest in Russian history […]

The Malevich Society Grants

The Malevich Society is pleased to announce its grant competition. The Malevich Society is a not-for-profit organization based in New York dedicated to advancing knowledge about the Russian artist Kazimir Malevich and his work. In the belief that Malevich was a pioneer of modern art, and should be recognized for his key contributions to the […]

Erin Decker: Translation, Editing, and Advancement in Russia

Erin Decker holds a BA in Political Science and International Studies (Global Security) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After completing SRAS’s Translate Abroad program in 2009, she went on to find employment as a translator and editor in Moscow and has lived there since.  SRAS: You are currently an analyst-level editor for Equity & Fixed Income Research at […]

Robert Chandler: Translation as a Career and a Love

Robert Chandler graduated with a BA in Russian and English Literature from Leeds University.  His translations from Russian include Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate and Everything Flows, Leskov’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Aleksander Pushkin’s The Captain’s Daughter. His co-translations of Andrey Platonov have won prizes both in the UK and in the USA.  His translation of Hamid Ismailov’s The Railway […]

Anne Fisher: Translation and Interpreting as Professions

Dr. Anne Fisher holds a Ph.D. in Russian Literature from The University of Michigan. She has taught Russian in several institutes of higher learning and is now a professional translator and interpertor living in California. Her first major translation, Ilf and Petrov’s American Road Trip: The 1935 Travelogue of Two Soviet Writers, was shortlisted for the […]

Faith Seim: The Drama of Russia

Faith Seim, after studying at for an academic year (1999-2000) at Moscow State University with SRAS, applied to and was accepted to study film direction at the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). She eventually went on to work in the studios of RAMKO/Russian-American Movie Company, a Moscow-based film company specializing in producing films “for the international market” and […]

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