Booknik on November 26 — December 3

Last week, Booknik was surprised to learn that he was a Georgian, like Peter the Great; he fought a knightly tournament, fooled around with “Gogol Bordello,” learned some words starting with “Ch,” taught Madonna some swear words, and learned how to do embroidery with the kelp of a sewing machine. At the same time, Booknik Jr. baked some cakes, studied history, stole Booknik Senior’s golden watch, and went to Lombardy looking for a pawn shop.

The Roads of Ancient Kingdom
Crusader Castles in Israel. Guidebook, by Ram Brown
Who would ever refuse an invitation to travel in a country that no longer exists? Especially, if it has castles, and some real knights live in them. Booknik reviewer Masha Tuuborg went to the Kingdom of Jerusalem that had disappeared eight hundred years ago, to look for her perfect knight in shining armor.

…and many other romantic roads in the Books & Reviews section.


This Is How It Was. There Was Nothing Here
Since 2004, the French Catholic priest Father Patrick Debois has been travelling through hundreds of Ukrainian towns and villages, talking to eyewitnesses of Jews’ mass executions, and documenting Nazi war crimes. His team has managed to find over 750 sites, and record 700 interviews. The results of his finds were exhibited in many cities all over the world, and the book is now published that is his travel journals with interviews and author’s commentary. Booknik reviewer Mikhail Gold tells about the book, the exhibition, and the political situation with the holocaust victims memory restoring in the Ukraine.

Eugene Hütz: To Live Fooling Around
One of the most interesting and talented bands on the multinational émigré rock scene is Gogol Bordello, and it played in the Moscow Arena club as a part of its European unplugged tour. Booknik reporter Katerina Kudryavtseva interviewed the band’s leader Eugene Hütz so that our readers will know now that Madonna likes to swear in foreign languages, and Mr. Hütz himself likes to sleep.

…and many other sleepy hollows in the Articles & Interviews section.


We March as a United Family. The Memoir by Esther Smekhova, Part 2
In this installment of the How We Built Communism memoir, you shall read about the “nations’ friendship” in the Soviet Union, and how Jews lived in Georgia. “Gogi boasted that there had never been Jewish pogroms in Georgia. Georgians headed all enterprises there but their heads of planning were Russian Jews. In Russia, they were persecuted, and so they were smarter than Georgian Jews for those had never been persecuted and went stupid.”

Guards! Guards!
The Guard directed by John Michael McDonagh

Dirty and politically incorrect jokes start from the very beginning, and they go on to the very end, to the spectators’ great pleasure. Here, the people swear, claim that drug dealers can only be black, and women can only be housewives or prostitutes. Racism seems to be the part of Irish national culture. This delights Booknik’s film critic Masha Tuuborg to no end, and she is our most politically correct person.

I Asked Yandex
Booknik is proud to present his new column called Notes from a Kibbutz. The columnist Elisha Zinde now lives in one, two hours away from Haifa. He will share his impressions of the kibbutz life with our readers. So, if you wish to hide in a way that even Yandex search engine cannot find you, he will help. The only problem is to find him somewhere between Haifa and Tver.

…and many other sure-bet suggestions in the Columns & Columns section.


The Stamp, by Roi Hen
The story by the Israeli author Roi Hen about philately and other kinds of love, translated by another Israeli author, Arkan Kariv.

…and many other love letters in the Stories & Essays section.


Perpetuum Schmobile 23: Isaac Singer and His Sewing Machine
Isaac Singer created his mechanical masterpiece on a bet, in just ten days. Money was his principle motive and driving force. Our wizard Kirill Chichayev creates his video masterpieces twice as fast but he is driven by the love of Booknik readers and watchers.

Hebrarium, the Lexicon of Jewish Whatnots: Ch1
What is chala in Tajik? What was Sasha Cherny’s name? When was the pale of settlement abolished? Watch our Hebrarium, and you will know.

Don’t Grudge the Brew Lite 96: Steamed Turkey Cutlets
Steamed dishes are the most dietary, so they fit our culinary show the best. If you still have some frozen turkey left after the Thanksgiving Day, take it out of your fridge, and put it under a stream of hot water. Out inventive chef Roman Gershuni will cook some dietary steamed cutlets.

Perpetuum Schmobile 24: Joseph Tykociński-Tykociner and the Sound in Movies
They rarely mention the name of this man when they speak about the end of silent movies era. Other people were in the spotlight like Thomas Alva Edison , Lee De Forest, or Alexander Shorin. However, the first three words from the screen were pronounced thanks to this wonderful researcher. “I will ring.”

…and many other worthy words in the Video Blog section.


The Journey into History. An Interview with Yekaterina Kashirskaya
How important history is? This subject is traditionally somewhat neglected in school. But the question is, how to interest students with it, and what is the best age to start antiquity studies. Booknik Jr. asked Yekaterina Kashirskaya all these and more, for she is the best qualified person for this, being a mother, a publisher, and a psychologist.

An Apple Cake
Cakes may be different, chocolate and cottage cheese, stuffed and non-stuffed, long “English” ones, and round muffins. Booknik Jr. suggests you could make one (and eat it, of course). This is going to be special, for this is the cake with apple puree.

The City of Leonardo. Routes for Kids. Milan
Milan is striking in its scale even for world capitals’ inhabitants. It is the capital itself, though, the principal city of the Italian province of Lombardy, the place where they invented pawnshops. Another point of interest here is that for seven years in the 15th century it was the home of Leonardo da Vinci.

Israeli Winter. Routes for Kids. Jerusalem
Tons of stuff are written about this city, including its history, landmarks, eating and praying places, etc. nevertheless, when preparing for a trip there, parents have to think again and again where they could take their children when in there. So, if you do not want to melt under the hot Jerusalem sun, the coming winter vacation is the best time for showing Jerusalem to your kids. Shall we start, then?

September to June
Ascolta el mio cuore, by Bianca Pitzorno
This is one of the main book attractions for children at the “non/fiction 2011” book fair. It is a classic work of the Italian children’s literature, the autobiographical novel about one school year in the early 1950s. Bianca Pitzorno tells a story about the things that are always there, and they will never change. The friendship like this can happen only when you are a child. The toadies like this come to every class. And the teacher like this will nag only at you.

…and many other spirited discussions at Booknik Jr., also known as Family Booknik, our own web site for kids and their parents.


I have to push a pram a lot. Booknik and Family Booknik are supported by the AVI CHAI Foundation.









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