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12 03, 2024

Literary blog: “…I myself am only a seeker of verbal adventures…” V. Nabokov “The Gift”

2024-03-12T12:55:13+01:00March 12th, 2024|Categories: Library, literary blog, Literary Blogs, Russian House News, Russian language|

On the last day of February, admirers of Vladimir Nabokov's works gathered in the premises of our library. The first thing that comes to mind when you hear the surname of this great writer is "Lolita." In fact, it is one of his works. Yes, the most famous one due to its scandalous non-triviality. So, we decided to move away from the accepted stereotypes and talk about other, no less significant works of this author. The majority of our regular attendees and frequenters have read his very first and charming novel "Mashenka". As indicated by [...]

7 03, 2024

Dedicated to the 225th anniversary of Pushkin!

2024-03-07T14:40:02+01:00March 7th, 2024|Categories: Kids Club, Library, literary blog, Literary Blogs, Meet Russia, Poushkin, Russian language|

September 30, 1833 A.S. Pushkin visited the Orenburg province. The purpose of this trip was to collect materials about Pugachev. At that time, Alexander Sergeevich decided to write both a historical essay about Pugachev and a novel from the era of the Pugachev uprising. This is in our time: make a couple of mouse clicks and you will get more or less reliable information, but then everything was much more complicated, but also more interesting. Pushkin not only traveled through the “eastern province” to personally visit the places where the events took place, but met with local old-timers - contemporaries [...]

5 03, 2024

Yoma and Chacha (Komi-Permyak fairy tale) (ending)

2024-03-05T12:36:07+01:00March 5th, 2024|Categories: Kids Club, Library, literary blog, Literary Blogs|

The first part of the tale is here. The second one is here. Слезла Чача с дерева, набрала в туесок молока, пошла к Ёме добывать бердо. - Славные коровы у тебя, Ёма, молочные и не норовистые. Вот тебе молоко, а мне давай наше бердо. Бабушка, знать, уже ругает меня. - Очень скоро ты вернулась, - говорит Ёма. - Я не успела доткать. Садись за кросна и кончай тканье, а я сготовлю для тебя гостинцы. Чача стала ткать, а Ёма ушла в подпол - только не гостинцы готовить, а свои зубы точить. Точила, точила, спросила Чачу: - Скоро ли доткешь? [...]

29 02, 2024

Yoma and Chacha (Komi-Permyak fairy tale) – 2

2024-02-29T17:23:30+01:00February 29th, 2024|Categories: Kids Club, Library, literary blog, Literary Blogs, Russian House News|

Read the first part of the story here - Занято ваше бердо. Сейчас я буду ткать, а ты о ту пору сходи на ближнюю полянку да накорми моих кур. - А чем их накормить? - Стань посреди поляны и скажи: «Куть-куть, ешьте что помягче да послаще». Побежала Чача на ближнюю поляну и хотела уж Ёминых кур позвать, да вспомнила добрую старушку, что живет у болота, к ней завернула. Старушка на лавочке под окошком сидит и сладко дремлет. - Бабушка, меня Ёма послала кур кормить. Проснулась старушка, узнала Чачу, обрадовалась ей: - Хорошо ты сделала, внученька, что ко мне зашла. [...]

27 02, 2024

Yoma and Chacha (Komi-Permyak fairy tale)

2024-02-27T15:59:09+01:00February 27th, 2024|Categories: Exhibitions, Kids Club, literary blog, Literary Blogs, Meet Russia|

Dear friends, you know that more than 200 peoples and ethnic groups live in Russia. And every people, every land has its own history, its own legends and its own fairy tales. In the north of the Urals, among dense forests, marshy swamps and high mountains, live the Komi-Permyaks. They speak the Komi-Permyak language, which belongs to the Finno-Ugric language group. You all know the expression: “We are from Parma.” There, Parma is taiga in the Komi-Permyak language, and not a football team. Today I want to introduce you to a Komi-Permyak fairy tale. Before you and I start reading [...]

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 [...]

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