“Lermontov’s house is gone now. The foundations have crumbled in upon themselves; the mock-ups of the reconstruction are now covered in graffiti. There will never be any reconstruction…”
This is the beginning of Tara Isabella Burton’s excellent essay on Tbilisi on Tin House’s blog
Fiction by Lyudmila Ulitskaya
Great Russian writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya has a story in The New Yorker – “The Fugitive”
The Paris Review’s blog has a short piece on the renewed interest in Stefan Zweig’s work generated by the convergence of George Prochnik’s biography The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World and especially Wes Andersen’s very entertaining but, according to my humble opinion, overly cheerful, American and distortedly unrealistic take on Zweig’s Central Europe in The Grand Budapest Hotel.