Articles by Oliver Ready



Telling Tales

Fantasies and dreams step in for facts and history in the beguiling world of Tatyana Tolstaya's collected stories.

Telling Tales

Fantasies and dreams step in for facts and history in the beguiling world of Tatyana Tolstaya's collected stories.

Reality Check

For all the grand talk of Soviet progress, it was Mikhail Zoshchenko's riffs on the wobbly underpinnings of the new world order that captivated readers in the 1920s.

Reality Check

For all the grand talk of Soviet progress, it was Mikhail Zoshchenko's riffs on the wobbly underpinnings of the new world order that captivated readers in the 1920s.

Banished Thoughts

What is to be done with intellectual rivals in a revolution of ideas? Lesley Chamberlain's book grippingly recounts how Lenin cleared the way for a new social order.

Banished Thoughts

What is to be done with intellectual rivals in a revolution of ideas? Lesley Chamberlain's book grippingly recounts how Lenin cleared the way for a new social order.

Remaking the World

Setting his new novel amid the chaos of the Civil War, James Meek asks how far man will go in search of revolution.

Remaking the World

Setting his new novel amid the chaos of the Civil War, James Meek asks how far man will go in search of revolution.

Basic Instincts

There's precious little room for redemption in the world of 19th-century short prose, where one sin leads to another in a catalog of human vice and viciousness.

Basic Instincts

There's precious little room for redemption in the world of 19th-century short prose, where one sin leads to another in a catalog of human vice and viciousness.

Lost in Thought

In ""Motherland: A Philosophical History of Russia,"" Lesley Chamberlain discusses why Western philosophy failed to take root in Russia.

Lost in Thought

In ""Motherland: A Philosophical History of Russia,"" Lesley Chamberlain discusses why Western philosophy failed to take root in Russia.

Word of Mouth

Mikhail Kononov's debut novel, ""The Naked Pioneer Girl,"" is a bitingly satirical take on the Soviet state of mind.

Word of Mouth

Mikhail Kononov's debut novel, ""The Naked Pioneer Girl,"" is a bitingly satirical take on the Soviet state of mind.

Poetic License

A controversial memoir of the darkest days of Stalin's rule paints Russia's literary icons in a new, human light

Poetic License

A controversial memoir of the darkest days of Stalin's rule paints Russia's literary icons in a new, human light

The Eternal Enigmas of Suffering

Written in the mid-1930s, first published in Russia in 1991 and now translated into English, Happy Moscow takes its place among Andrei Platonov's greatest achievements.

The Eternal Enigmas of Suffering

Written in the mid-1930s, first published in Russia in 1991 and now translated into English, Happy Moscow takes its place among Andrei Platonov's greatest achievements.

Imagining 900 Days in Hell

In her well-judged evocation of the siege of Leningrad, Helen Dunmore refuses to wallow in the gore. Instead keeping it fill with rich historical and social context.

Imagining 900 Days in Hell

In her well-judged evocation of the siege of Leningrad, Helen Dunmore refuses to wallow in the gore. Instead keeping it fill with rich historical and social context.

Man's Naked Wretchedness

Yury MamleevТs new work, Bluzhdaiushchee Vremya, is a great book from one of Russia's best prose-writers.

Man's Naked Wretchedness

Yury MamleevТs new work, Bluzhdaiushchee Vremya, is a great book from one of Russia's best prose-writers.

Encyclopedia of Women's Woes

There is little to suggest that a woman's lot in Russia has improved since ""The Time: Night,"" a depiction of femininity that is almost medieval in its ugliness, first appeared.

Encyclopedia of Women's Woes

There is little to suggest that a woman's lot in Russia has improved since ""The Time: Night,"" a depiction of femininity that is almost medieval in its ugliness, first appeared.

Repainting the Pastoral Idyll

Under Lenin and Stalin, the Soviet Union learned to read and write, but the written word served the leadership far better than its subjects.

Repainting the Pastoral Idyll

Under Lenin and Stalin, the Soviet Union learned to read and write, but the written word served the leadership far better than its subjects.

Stocking-Stuffers From Russia

The epochal ring of the year 2000 proved an irresistible temptation for many Russia-watchers Ч what a moment to try to capture and make some sense of the cataclysms of the 1990s.

Stocking-Stuffers From Russia

The epochal ring of the year 2000 proved an irresistible temptation for many Russia-watchers Ч what a moment to try to capture and make some sense of the cataclysms of the 1990s.

Under the Soviet Skin

The publication of Reader BullardТs diaries, reassembled in part by his son and daughter-in-law from a primitive homemade code, could not have been better timed.

Under the Soviet Skin

The publication of Reader BullardТs diaries, reassembled in part by his son and daughter-in-law from a primitive homemade code, could not have been better timed.