as a road should never do,
closed off even as it continues
towards its green retinue
in a long grey disguise.
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Milan Kudnera on the Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe. Translated by Edmund White.
Extracts from the private diary of a guard in the Soviet Gulag, written between 1935-36.
Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich on the USSR in Afghanistan.
An American woman emigrates to Russia in the early 30s.
The censored Soviet writer on life at the end of the Russian civil war.
‘even astronauts describe / our air as thick enough to slice / and spread on toast for breakfast’
This week’s Discoveries is full of rad poetry, translations and criticism.
Not long before he died on 21 December 1940, F. Scott Fitzgerald recorded himself reading a version of John Keats’ ‘Ode to a Nightingale’.
‘I am lying in the foetal position on a beach in the east of England.’
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