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20 02, 2024

Literary Blog: “- Are we strangers?! Strange?!” S. Knyazev

2024-02-20T12:19:46+01:00February 20th, 2024|Categories: Library, literary blog, Literary Blogs, Russian language|

On February 13 of this year, the guest of our literary salon was Stepan Knyazev and his musician friends. For those who closely follow the news of our Russian House, this name is already familiar. His magnificent works are currently on display in our exhibition hall: But as it turned out, he not only gives new life to old bicycles in a different guise but also writes beautiful poetry. So who is he, our guest? Brief Historical Background: Stepan Ivanovich Knyazev was born in the city of Omsk in 1963. He graduated from the College of Culture and Arts, [...]

13 02, 2024

Literary blog: The morning is wiser than the evening, but there is something in the evening too.

2024-02-13T11:17:50+01:00February 13th, 2024|Categories: Library, literary blog, Literary Blogs, Russian House News, Russian language|

It so happened that our morning literary salon took place on the birthday of the great Russian bard, poet, and actor Vladimir Vysotsky. Therefore, it was not surprising that we started our meeting with his works. Детям вечно досаден Их возраст и быт — И дрались мы до ссадин, До смертных обид, Но одежды латали Нам матери в срок, Мы же книги глотали, Пьянея от строк.  («Баллада о борьбе» В. Высоцкий) He was a controversial poet. His works still provoke debates: some love them, others do not understand. He was envied during his lifetime, and some predicted his soon-to-be forgotten, but [...]

11 01, 2024

Literary contest dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the complete liberation of Leningrad from the fascist blockade.

2024-01-11T18:35:43+01:00January 11th, 2024|Categories: Contests&Olympiads, Kids Club, Library, literary blog, Literary Blogs, Meet Russia, Russian language|

But through the cooling planet, Machines moved toward Leningrad: He is still alive. He is somewhere nearby. To Leningrad, to Leningrad! (Olga Berggolts) Dear friends, In 2024, an important historical date is celebrated in Russia — the 80th anniversary of the complete liberation of Leningrad from the fascist blockade. The M.I. Rudomino All-Russian State Library for Foreign Literature announces a contest of children's compositions and drawings dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the complete liberation of Leningrad from the fascist blockade. Submission of works is open from December 11, 2023, to January 25, 2024. Participants aged 10 to 18 are [...]

19 12, 2023

Literary Blogs: In the Footsteps of A Hero of Our Time…

2023-12-19T12:48:34+01:00December 19th, 2023|Categories: Library, literary blog, Literary Blogs, Russian language|

On December 14th of this year, the last literary salon took place. It was dedicated to the work of Lermontov, "Hero of Our Time." There was a large turnout, and it was pleasing to note that news of the salon spread by word of mouth. We hope that newcomers enjoyed it and will become part of our friendly community. This time, the salon was not led by me, but by one of the participants. Natalia prepared for this event with full responsibility. She provided material about the poet himself, a brief analysis of the [...]

12 12, 2023

Literary Salon: Only roots, only wings, only mother’s warmth.

2023-12-12T12:57:30+01:00December 12th, 2023|Categories: Library, literary blog, Literary Blogs, Russian language|

A scattering of snapshots, ancient and dusty, Where we are young, old-fashioned, and stylish, No bellies, no wrinkles. Where blue fountains flow, Beautiful plans are drawn in a whim, Laughter splashes without reason. Sergey Khazanov. His performance on the stage of our Russian house was planned in the spring, but everything was postponed for reasons beyond our control. The anticipation was so exciting. He flew to Brussels from Switzerland by plane. We agreed to meet near the metro. I recognized him immediately: there is something about him from the Soviet intelligentsia, kind and bright. The word "intelligent" cannot [...]

9 11, 2023

Tales of the Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin

2023-11-09T17:22:21+01:00November 9th, 2023|Categories: Library, literary blog, Literary Blogs, Poushkin, Russian language|

"Hello, shall we work together? Apart from the stories mentioned in your letter, Ivan Petrovich left many manuscripts, some of which are in my possession, while others have been used by his housekeeper for various domestic purposes. Thus, last winter, all the windows of her wing were covered with the first part of the novel that he did not finish. The aforementioned stories were, it seems, his first attempt. They are, as Ivan Petrovich said, mostly true and were heard from different individuals. However, the names in them are almost all fictitious, created by himself, and the names of villages [...]

14 09, 2023

Wild Dingo Dog or Tale of First Love

2023-09-14T16:26:56+02:00September 14th, 2023|Categories: Library, literary blog, Literary Blogs|

Who among the older generation does not remember the prudent and faithful Filka, the contemplative girl Tanya, and the newcomer boy Kolya? "Wild Dingo Dog, or Tale of First Love" was written at the request of the publisher. The author was supposed to depict school life. Soviet literature always leaned towards finding positive heroes. In the work, we practically do not encounter negative characters. Even the envious girl Zhenya becomes the main character's friend by the end of the novel. And the geography teacher, who portrayed Tanya in a negative light, is only mentioned in passing. The author himself, Fraerman, [...]

6 07, 2023

Literary Blogs «Asya: love has no tomorrow»

2023-07-06T16:05:15+02:00July 6th, 2023|Categories: Library, literary blog, Literary Blogs, Russian language|

Before moving on to the blog topic, I would like to express my gratitude to Vera Bazilevskaya and Anna Burkovskaya for providing the photographs. So, the June literary salon was dedicated to Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev's novella "Asya." This story took place in 1857. After a year of inactivity, I.S. Turgenev took up the pen again. The reason was a scene accidentally observed in the German town of Zinitzke. The writer's attention was drawn to two women: an old woman sitting on the ground floor of a small house, and a girl peering out of the window on the second floor. [...]

13 06, 2023

Literary Blogs “Detectives as a Genre”

2023-06-15T09:49:12+02:00June 13th, 2023|Categories: Library, literary blog, Literary Blogs|Tags: |

Question about the picture: What is the name of the victim? The captain of a Japanese ship noticed that he had lost his gold watch during the journey. It happened while he was taking a shower. Four people came under suspicion. The cook claimed that he was preparing lunch for the crew, the helmsman said he was at the helm, sailor Leslie stated that he noticed the flag was upside down and went to flip it, and sailor Megan claimed to be checking the accuracy of the course and the absence of obstacles. Who lied and stole the captain's watch? [...]

5 06, 2023

Literary Blogs: Our Readers’ Creativity “Consultation” by R. Vardа

2023-06-06T14:54:43+02:00June 5th, 2023|Categories: Library, literary blog, Literary Blogs|

Dear friends, among the attendees of our literary salon are real writers. Ruben Vardа has provided his story "Consultation." “You're making progress, Kit, I like your universe. You managed to achieve rapid stabilization. This promises long life without any shock. Tell me, how do you see its future? What might its zest, or uniqueness, be, so to speak?” Kit smiled, flattered by the words of her Professor. “You are right, Professor, it is stable, that’s true, but because of this it is not very lively. Not much happens there. At the moment I do not see any zest, and [...]

1 06, 2023

Literary Blog: Childhood, childhood, childhood – it is light and joy.

2023-06-06T15:09:31+02:00June 1st, 2023|Categories: Library, literary blog, Literary Blogs|

Dear children! Congratulations on this wonderful holiday. Childhood is truly an amazing time. It is only in childhood that you can visit Karlsson on the Roof, embark on journeys to other planets, and chat with Martians on the Orange River. Children love Cheburashka and Gena the Crocodile. Do you know who wrote this funny story? It's Eduard Uspensky. Dear little reader, come to our library with your mom and dad! In our library, you will be able to choose books to your liking. Some of them are already available in our catalog.

22 05, 2023

Poetry by our readers: Brigitte Merle.

2023-05-25T09:29:20+02:00May 22nd, 2023|Categories: literary blog, Russian language|

Dear friends, As promised, we are pleased to present the works of a regular participant in our literary salon - Brigitte Merle. Russian is not her native language. По пути, покрытому сосновыми иглами, В горящем летнем воздухе, Ты протянул мне белую розу, блестящую и трепещущую в утренней теплоте. Наши шаги упругие и тихие, Часто встречались на пути в святые горы. Теперь наши следы стёрлись, Роза увяла, Воспоминание растворилось в свежем осеннем воздухе. (август 2017) Слушай песнь ветра в глубоком лесу: Влезает в обнажённые кусты, Листья улетают бешенным танцем, Сучья трещат, Изнурённое дерево рухнет. Разбушевавшийся ветер ворчит, мычит, затихает. [...]

2 05, 2023

Literary blogs: To whom is memory, to whom is glory…

2023-05-02T17:39:06+02:00May 2nd, 2023|Categories: Library, literary blog, Russian House News|

«Женщины у родников, в поле, на верандах только и говорили, как Халид выкрал невесту, какую весёлую свадьбу сыграл его отец… А через месяц и девять дней началась война. Они ушли на фронт вместе. Она не вернулась: осталась лежать близ города Будапешта.» (Фазу Алиева «Конь-победитель») 9 мая – великий день не только для нашей страны. Этот день отмечают во многих странах мира. 9 (8) мая 1945 года в Берлине был подписан акт о безоговорочной капитуляции фашисткой Германии. Вторая мировая война не могла не оставить свой след в мировой и отечественной литературе. Кому не известны слова из знаменитой поэмы Александра Твардовского «Василий [...]

27 04, 2023

Literary blogs: fantasy

2023-05-23T09:46:42+02:00April 27th, 2023|Categories: Library, literary blog, Literary Blogs|

Маша колебалась недолго. Предложения было настолько заманчивым, а улыбка Алекса такой обезоруживающей, что противостоять стало сложно. По ступенькам забралась в кабину. Молодой человек занял место за штурвалом. Приказал пристегнуться. Бесшумно заработали лопасти. Машина слегка качнулась и оторвалась от поверхности. Сапфировое небо начало стремительно приближаться. Отель отдалялся. Квадрат бассейна вскоре стал напоминать голубой корунд в обрамлении цитриновой россыпи. Впервые в жизни полёт на вертолёте. От разворачивающейся картины замирала душа. Ах, какая красота! — Смотри, это лазурное зарево, — Алекс показал на светящееся внизу пятно, которое постоянно меняло конфигурацию. — Это рыбы. Днём они в глубине плавают, а ночью собираются на поверхности в одном [...]

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