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I was not sure what to expect from the content of Chtenia, but I was very pleasantly surprised by the easy layout, the wonderful diversity and cohesiveness of the readings! The novel Fish was a wonderful addition to my order - I cannot wait to go fishing in deep waters with this book!
Posted by Thomas L. on 17th Feb 2015
I've very little understanding of Russia, and wanted to learn more. I've read several Russian history books, and embarked on the Russian classics, too. I discovered Chtenia through Russian Life's kickstarter for 'Red Star Tales, and just received my first edition. I read it cover to cover. I'm blown away at the contents, and the quality of the writing (with a hat tip towards the Russian greats and the translators). Among the gems was a centenarian review of the Nat Pinkerton story crazy: Yet Pinkerton's soul was superfluous to this urban epic. Instead of a soul, Pinkerton has a fist; instead of a head - a fist; instead of a heart - a fist; the only thing required of him was the use of his fists. [...] A fist in all forms and expressions. Pinkerton shoots, stabs, sliced and cuts up people as if they were cabbage, with no remorse whatsoever. And if one were to tally up the number of people he destroyed in just ten books of his 'escapades, it would surely add up to the population of a good sized provincial town. [...] This observation seems erudite even today, in this time of blockbuster movies, literary flim-flam and half-witted domestic national discourse. Intelligent, insightful, intelligent, thoughtful, and intelligent. I foresee several renewed memberships in the future. I'm also enrolling in Russian language courses this summer, so that I may someday immerse myself in natural language of Russian literature. Absolute highest recommendations.
Posted by Sarah A. on 9th May 2014
Chtenia is of the highest quality. Amazing translation team and outstanding editors. I enjoy reading through the treasures you offer your readers. Light in the darkest hours and laughter, so much laughter.
Posted by Michael McLeod on 11th Jan 2010
I have noted with pleasure that every issue introduces me to books and authors which I might not have been otherwise exposed to. The editing and content are consistently superior, and it is just the right size for someone who travels, as I do. The quantity and variety of content is such that one's appetite is whetted for many a fine story. Some of the excerpts are from works which are not available in English; sadly, this can sometimes be a double-edged sword: fortunately, you've found the only place you're likely to find ANY of the work in English; unfortunately, this excerpt is all you get. While not always a clear look into Russian society, per se, it always provides an insight to the Russian soul.
Posted by Sarah Gallagher on 10th Jan 2010
Each piece is chosen with the most wide-ranging, exquisite taste. Reading is pure pleasure.
Posted by Tristyn Bloom on 19th Jan 2009
Brilliant way for anyone with an interest to self-educate and get exposure to lesser-known authors and works. I'm currently an undergrad Russian Studies major, and the readings I've done in <em>Chtenia</em> have given me plenty of fodder for papers and class discussions. A lot of truly great Russian authors never managed to cross over into the American literary consciousness like Dostoevsky and Tolstoy have; I'm genuinely thankful there's a publication like <em>Chtenia</em> working to correct that. Having the poetry in both Russian and English is also supremely, supremely helpful and edifying. Thank you so much!
Posted by William Neal on 18th Jan 2009
<em>Chtenia</em> is an excellent literary passageway into Russian culture. The poems and stories are both old and new, and in this issue there is even a futuristic tale of Moscow in 2028 governed by a new Ivan the Terrible. If you have seen the movies <em>East Side Story </em>or <em>The Irony of Fate,</em> you would enjoy reading Tamara Eidelman's article on New Year's Cinema. In short, if you look forward to each issue of<em> Russian Life</em> and you wish to have a greater immersion in Russian literary culture, you would appreciate <em>Chtenia</em>.
Posted by Nick Skapyak on 9th Jan 2009
<em>Chtenia</em> filled a void in my reading by giving me some of the best of old and new Russian literature. I recommend <em>Chtenia</em> to anyone interested in Russian literature and/or culture.
Posted by Gary Dusek on 9th Jan 2009
I have been a subscriber to <em>Chtenia</em> from the beginning and love it. The variety of literature from Pushkin to the present is great. Many of the stories remind me of the wonderful time I spent in Russia. When I come home and find my <em>Chtenia</em> in the mailbox it brightens my day. Please keep them coming!