I have been reading Curzio Malaparte's Kaput. In it, he describes an Orthodox order of monks who raise families and then enter servitude to be castrated and then become penitents. I can't find any information online about this group though, even a name, any help?
posted by parmanparman
on Mar 21, 2008 -
What can I do in the short and medium term to improve my ability to evaluate Russian poetry? [more inside]
posted by prefpara
on Mar 13, 2008 -
Who is the supposed historian (may be an ex-physicist, think he's Russian) who had demonstrated that human written history is only half as old as we believe it to be? I think the core of his argument was that documents referring to events thousands of years ago, actually referred to events hundreds of years ago, that history was fore-shortened. [more inside]
posted by vacapinta
on Mar 7, 2008 -
Dirty Russian translation please. I have a Russian co-worker who showed me a russian word (with english spelling) but won't tell me what it means. Words can be found inside. Can you translate? [more inside]
posted by Roger Dodger
on Feb 6, 2008 -
Russian-translation-filter: Please help me understand the linguistic nuances in Tolstoy's famous quote, "There was something terribly lacking between what I felt and what I could do." (here
in English) How accurate is this translation in your view? What is missing from it? What if anything does it add which is not there in Russian? [more inside]
posted by rudster
on Dec 19, 2007 -
Please help me locate a collection of Russian/Eastern Bloc short stories. I read this book when I was kid because it belonged to my parents and I want to read it again. If not the book, I'd like to find the two most memorable stories. One concerns a snowman and the other is a reflection on life while falling out of a window to one's death. Details inside...
posted by thewrongparty
on Dec 11, 2007 -
CrazyRussianMusicVideoFilter: I saw a great video by a Russian band from maybe 15 years ago, centering around an insane guy (real video, but made to look old), a cat (animated), and a painting that shows a doctor coming to bring him something (just strange). I was told the song was essentially about the same, and possibly titled with something about a cat. The band was named something like ночь, but youtube isn't coming up with anything like what I remember. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
posted by devilsbrigade
on Nov 17, 2007 -
Does anyone know where I can find valenkis rus boots (with the rubber galosh) either online or in Chicago? The website
doesn't seem to exist anymore. I found this one
, but I'm not too keen on the Soviet imagery, I just want warm feet. Anyone seen these around?
posted by jules1651
on Nov 14, 2007 -
I need to review Russian badly (up to the speaking/writing/listening level of a minor in Russian). I have a semester (two is doable but pushing it) to devote to this. I need some kind of structured process to go about this--while I have textbooks and some materials from years ago it's not enough. Does anyone have any suggestions for other good tutorials? Syllabi? Quick-review websites?
posted by schroedinger
on Sep 6, 2007 -
When I search Google from the Firefox address bar I get Russian results - why and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by jonesor
on Aug 2, 2007 -
I saw a very strange and interesting-looking movie on I *think* Showtime yesterday at about 4-5 PM. It involved Russians. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by DMan
on Jun 12, 2007 -
Does anyone know a good (but fairly simple) recipe for Kvas, the delicious Russian soft drink made from bread? I tried some the other day and I'm addicted. I'm drinking gallons of it.
posted by vizsla
on Jun 11, 2007 -
I need to catalog a reprint of a book of Constructivist graphic designs. Everything's in Russian and German. Can anybody tell me more about it? [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic
on Jun 5, 2007 -
I'm trying to remember information about an experimental film, possibly Russian, most likely from the first half of the 20th century, and neither google nor my memory are offering much help. The key element is that the artist built something like a tripod, but with the capability of full, spherical rotation of the camera, 360 degrees around all possible axes. [more inside]
posted by nobody
on Apr 18, 2007 -
Does anyone out there have a list of key commands for the Russian version of Microsoft Word (in cyrillic)?
posted by pullayup
on Feb 19, 2007 -
My co-workers agree that a Russian colleague has an off-putting attitude. Is this a personality conflict or a cultural misunderstanding? [more inside]
posted by juliplease
on Feb 15, 2007 -
I'm looking for a music download service that includes non-standard music, most importantly, Russian folk music, and a wide selection of Classical music. [more inside]
posted by bkudria
on Feb 8, 2007 -
Is it possible to purchase authentic Kvas
around Boston or Chicago? [more inside]
posted by :-)
on Dec 11, 2006 -
Is it common for Americans to incorrectly assume that Russian is only spoken in Russia but forget that it is also a common language in the former Soviet states? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007
on Oct 18, 2006 -
Are there any recorded versions of "Krutitzuh Viertitzuh" other than Cynthia Dall's? [more inside]
posted by RGD
on Oct 7, 2006 -
While on exchange in Russia (near Novgorod), I was served two foods that I loved but have not been able to find again, and don't know the names for. First was a confection -- semi-dried but juicy berries covered in powdered sugar, about the size of blueberries, but red with lots of little seeds, that came in a small box. Second was a cake that seemed to be made of dozens of layered pancakes with some sort of cream or frosting in between. Anyone know what these are, and where I can find them or a recipe for them in the US?
posted by waxwing
on Jul 11, 2006 -
PYCCKO! To my Russian friends! What does this pin say, and what does it mean?
posted by joelf
on Jun 13, 2006 -
While searching the usual poster sites to fill my bare walls, I came across this striking image
, which is identified only as "Russian Film Poster". Can anyone identify the film? I'd like to see the movie before I go slapping its poster up on my wall.
posted by jpoulos
on Apr 27, 2006 -
Back in 1991 I used to play a Backgammon game on the PC - the format was based on the writings of a Russian (sounding?) Science Fiction author. I always meant to see what the books were like, but now I don't know his name. Any ideas as to who he could be?
posted by SpacemanRed
on Apr 13, 2006 -
Did Russian replace other languages in Eastern Europe and the former USSR countries? [more inside]
posted by Amizu
on Mar 29, 2006 -
I accidentally spilled some water on my girlfriend's cell phone (a Motorola Razr), and it stopped working. I'd like to get her a new one to replace it, but there's a wrinkle: [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay
on Mar 12, 2006 -
the white and red jackets Team Russia has been wearing at the Olympics, how could I get one for me? [more inside]
posted by nelleish
on Feb 24, 2006 -
Russian to English translation of some interesting communist posters from 1963. [more inside]
posted by kmel
on Jan 2, 2006 -