That Black, Dragon-Haunted Pass: The Mystery of Lermontov’s Caucasus

By Tara Isabella Burton “I was traveling along the military road back from Tiflis.” So begins Mikhail Lermontov’s 1833 A […]

Becoming Dostoyevsky in St. Petersburg, Russia

Dostoyevsky was fond of crossroads, where stories are found in the foot traffic. Though he never owned or stayed longer than three years in any one apartment, he usually lived at crossroads.

Alexander Pushkin, I Loved You Linen Factory

by Maria Kozyreva It was the sixth of June when the greatest Russian poet, Alexander Sergeevitch Pushkin, was born. It […]

Bleak Kaliningrad: Infused with the Happiness of Philosopher Immanuel Kant

by Lisa Piergallini Tightening the protective thickness of my long coat, I began to question whether or not coming here […]

Yasnaya Polyana Home of Leo Tolstoy

As the Yorkshire surroundings of Emily Bronte’s birthplace influenced Wuthering Heights, and Charlotte Bronte’s hardships at a stern high school […]