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.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Around the Tree: an Exhibition of Russian Christmas Art in Minneapolis

Wow! The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis is exhibiting Russian and Soviet tree decorations and other seasonal memorabilia from the collection of Kim Balaschak, the expert on Russian tree ornaments.


From October 26, 2013 through February 2, 2014, Around the Tree: Holiday Traditions in the Soviet Era will will bring together artworks and historical artifacts that highlight the unique traditions of the New Year celebration during Soviet rule, a period when Christmas was banned as a religious holiday. The display will include paintings, antique ornaments, masks and more.

You can read my interview with Mrs. Balaschak here:

Collecting Antique and Vintage Christmas Tree Decorations: Interview with Expert Kim Balaschak