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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Highbrow Hit Parade

In case you thought the only thing that Russians read these days is pulp fiction, here is a reminder that there are still cultivated and sophisticated readers out there.

Genuine intellektualny buy books in specialist shops, and their tastes are recorded in a separate list of highbrow bestsellers in the weekly Knizhnoye Obozreniye, or Book Review. Here is a recent sample of that list:

1. The Structure of Fairy Tales By Vladimir Propp (1895-1970). Academia Publishers has reissued this 1928 edition.

2. Marina Tsvetayeva's Collected Works -- Volume 7 Ellis Lak has published this, the last of seven volumes of the poet's oeuvre.

3. Legendary Ordynka by Viktor Ardov. Inapress has published these anecdotes about the famous people who frequented the author's house on Ordynka Ulitsa.

4. The Spiritual and Aesthetic Foundations of the Russian Icon by Vladimir Bychkov. Ladomir.

5. Lectures on Proust by Merab Mamardashvili. Academia, Moscow.

6. Cabaret and Miniature Theatres in Russia 1908-1917 by L. Tichvinskaya. Kultura Press, Moscow.

7. The Canterbury Tales By Geoffrey Chaucer. These ribald tales by the English bard are published by Grant, Moscow.

8. Collected Verse of Igor Severyanin, Volume 1 Logos, St. Petersburg.

9. Sketches on the History of Russian Philosophy by Sergei Levitsky. Canon, Moscow.

10. Collected Works on Lexicography By Yury Aprecian. Shkola, Moscow.


Moscow will get another English-language bookstore when Shakespeare & Co. at last opens its doors for business on Monday.

Mary Duncan, co-owner of the new store, said her goal is to re-create the heady literary atmosphere of Sylvia Beach's original Shakespeare & Co. in Paris, where such luminaries as James Joyce and Gertrude Stein once held court.

The store is located at 5/7 Novokuznetsky Pereulok. Nearest metro: Paveletskaya.