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Identiy & War



The Ukrainian Genocide & The Cold War

Between 1932-33 the USSR experienced a sever famine. Portions of the Volga, the Northern Urals, the South Caucuses, Western Siberia, and Kazakhstan all experienced famine conditions. The largest area in which the famine took place was the Ukrainian SSR, the… Continue Reading →

Gogol & The Supernatural

Nicolai Gogol’s works are known for their elements of fantasy and the supernatural. The function of these fantastic tales and stories is the subject of this paper. I will focus on several of the short stories contained in his early… Continue Reading →

Loss, Self, & Identity

Bulat Okudzhava and Aleksandr Dol’skii emerged in the Soviet Union as underground singer-songwriters whose work was always prone to literary interpretations and considerations rather than musical ones. The two represent, unofficially and perhaps unwillingly, two distinct generations and styles of… Continue Reading →

Suicide Points & The Spaces of Pain

What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying. — Albert Camus Aokigahara is a rocky, cavernous forest at the base of Mount Fuji – resting near a peaceful lake. Because of the high, dense… Continue Reading →

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