Papa and I are walking down the wide, frozen Leninskiy Prospekt. It’s my favourite part of Leningrad. I’m ten years old and I’ve seen the English Golden Peacock clock at the Hermitage a hundred times, thrilled to those mechanized peacock wings and dancing twenty-carat mushrooms that every four…
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Elif Batuman travels to the International Tolstoy Conference in Russia to determine, once and for all, if Leo Tolstoy was murdered.
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When Virginia Woolf was thirteen, she was abused by her half-brother George Duckworth. No one believed her – not even her biographers.
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Gary Shteyngart | Portrait of My Father
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Americans, speaking of foreign lands, often say, 'It's a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.'