Russian Classics Archive

Hello dear readers and welcome to another enthralling edition from the Dostoyevsky-BTS blog! This may come as an unpleasant shock to many of you but someone must break the news: Dostoyevsky’s novels were not always available to us in English...
Dear Readers, This is an electrifying account of a belated literary discovery. Traditionally when I think of Dostoevsky I do not immediately think of Shakespeare. I imagine people don’t tend to associate Russian classics with 16th century British playwriting. That...
From the dawn of film to the present day, there is very little that has not been written about. Stories about cowboys, stories about aliens… Hell, stories about cowboys AND aliens; and, love it or leave it, there is...
First of all, I want to say that this article isn’t a review of these books, nor am I so arrogant to say that I’ve discovered their hidden meaning that no one else has seen before. I think that...
It’s no secret that the movie industry, since its inception, has become a constantly evolving medium. It all began in the 1890s with film clips that were little over a minute long. Within a decade, these miniscule operations had...
It has long been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the entertainment industry. In a lot of ways, movies serve as an influence to us on the deepest...
 WHAT DO THESE TWO PICTURES HAVE IN COMMON? Picture 1 (above – left)– Official announcement of Shades of Day screening by the Consulate General of Sweden at St. Petersburg, Russia’s Festival of Festivals, June 2014. (Never-before-seen video interviews with...
Some films inspire you to pick up books. Great adaptations leave you inspired or curious about the source material. Notes From The New World, filmmaker Vitaly Sumin’s retelling of the Fyodor Dostoevsky novel, is an easy way to get drawn...
I’ve been pondering of late the planned feature-length documentary about the making of our film Notes from the New World, which was based, of course, on Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s masterpiece, Notes from the Underground. The working title of the documentary...
I love reading lists. They help a reader organize their literary plans and map out a direction they want to pursue. Sometimes the lists have a theme: graphic novels, historical fiction, memoirs, narrative nonfiction, etc. But this summer, the...