Russian literature

Julie Christie as Lara in David Lean’s 1965 film

The true story of Dr Zhivago’s Lara

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Between agreeing to review this book and receiving it, I got worried. Like many, I adore Doctor Zhivago with its…

Poster for an exhibition of Mayakovsky’s works, 1930

Both lyricist and agitator: the split personality of Vladimir Mayakovsky

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Why increase the number of suicides? Better to increase the output of ink! wrote Vladimir Mayakovsky in 1926 in response…

Doctor Zhivago's long, dark shadow

5 July 2014 9:00 am

The banning of Dr Zhivago in the Soviet Union had unfortunate consequences for other fine 20th-century Russian novels, says Robert Chandler

The book that Boris should give to all seniors, along with their Freedom Passes

7 December 2013 9:00 am

The Death of Ivan Ilyich is a story for the older reader. One might go so far as to suggest…

'The Shakespeare of the lunatic asylum' - review of The Dostoevsky Archive by Peter Sekirin

22 June 2013 9:00 am

After you decapitate someone, might their severed head continue thinking? Prince Myshkin holds his audience spellbound with this macabre inquiry…

The Enchanted Wanderer and Other Stories, by Nikolai Leskov - review

4 May 2013 9:00 am

Though underestimated in the English-speaking world, Nikolai Leskov is one of the greatest of 19th-century Russian writers. Donald Rayfield has…