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.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Absolutely cool Ancient Slavic calendar

The number 7520 below the clock is the current year "from Creation" (I write about it in my book, The 33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Russia)

The old Slavic time system had 16 hours in a day (as opposed to our 24 hours), starting at sunset. In this cool clock the beginning of a new day is set at 6 p.m. Moscow time. Every hour was divided further into 144 parts. One part contained 1296 beats.

The year had three seasons: springtime, winter and autumn (what's summer in Russia, anyway? Blink and you'll miss it!) and nine months with totally unpronounceable but weirdly Celtic names.

Courtesy of and

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