The Best Russian Books in English

Forget War and Peace: this blog offers reviews of fun and interesting Russian books in English, links to their Amazon pages, interviews with new and upcoming Russian authors, with the emphasis on Russian genre fiction: LitRPG, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, romance, mystery and other popular reads.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Some medieval Cyrillic fonts!

As the Orthodox Lent starts tomorrow, I simply have to share these delightful Old Russian / Church Slavonic fonts. You can download them here:

http://www.irmologion.ru/fonts.html

The page is in Russian but if you don't read it, just click on every download link ("Скачать") against every "True Type (TTF)" line you see -- which is exactly what I did. They're beautiful!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Another tongue-tied president!

... and he's Ukrainian this time!

Victor Yanukovich has barely been elected, but this admittedly ignorant overworked leader is already being widely quoted by his fellow Ukrainians. I don't mind the fact that, according to Yanukovich, Chekhov is a "great Ukrainian poet" (a less friendly reviewer might have used it to comment on the fact that, according to a certain circle of state-supported Ukrainian historians, the entire history of Europe owes its origins to the Ukraine-- and yes, they ARE being serious! -- but being as nice and friendly as I am, I realise he simply confused Chekhov -- somehow -- with Nikolai Gogol, another Russian classic who is indeed also a great Ukrainian poet).

But my favourite is Victor Yanukovich's (I keep repeating it so you can remember the name better) pre-election speech addressed to the citizens of Lviv, Ukraine. In it, the then would-be president intended to greet the Lvivians as "the gene pool of the nation". His education failed the future president again, though, as Yanukovich in his speech welcomed "the genocide of the nation".

Being as nice and friendly as I am, I can only sympathise with this unfortunate slip of the tongue. But don't you feel sort of uncomfortable knowing there's a brand new president out there who doesn't know the difference between a nation's gene pool and its genocide?

Spooky.