Booknik on November 12–18

Last week, Booknik built a subway in Jerusalem, planted palm trees in Moscow, raised some ghosts on the Sakhalin Island, looked for tzimmes in a salmon salad, and searched for a meaning in life; he also laughed at twenty years old jokes, and drank some alcohol-free wine with Booknik Jr. who weighed an elephant, went to an Israeli school, and made a quick trip through the looking glass.

Non-Fantastic Tales
Tales of Russian Israel. A Collection of Features and Essays, by Arkady Krasilshchikov
In the era of the iron curtain, relocation to a different country dissected a man’s life into two parts. It became impossible to return, and friends’ faces and ancestors’ graves became the things of the past. One’s new life was totally dissimilar with the old one, and former soviet people took it all especially hard. The denizens of Russian Israel in this book by Arkady Krasilshchikov are like this. Booknik reviewer Yevgenia Ritz tells about them after reading the book.

Where Do Merry Settlers Live?
The Good Life in Yehuda and Shomron, by Karni Eldad and Sholomo Bashan
In Hebrew, this guide was published in March 2011. Its title in original is יש''ע זה פאן, which is the Tel Avivian mix of Hebrew and English, and means something like “Judea and Shomron is fun.” There are archeological diggings and antiquity aplenty, of course, but they are only for nerds. A tourist like our reviewer Miriam Gurova would like to relax here, too, and the local settlers will not leave her bored.

…and many other fun fantasies in the Books & Reviews section.


There Is No Sense in Looking for Any Special Sense in Life. An Interview with Arkady Krasilshchikov
Booknik reporter Katerina Kudryavtseva spoke with the author of Tales of Russian Israel about the art of living, and living in arts.

…and many other artistic artifacts in the Articles & Interviews section.


To the Island of Sakhalin! The Memoir by Lyubov Zaytseva, Part 3: 1926–1951
The final installment of O Tempora! O Mores! by Lyubov Zaytseva we shall learn what one should do if a hen screams like a cock, and what is better not to ask the spirit of Lenin if you suddenly decide to raise some ghosts.

The City: A Detail
Booknik is proud to present the new column by our contributor Linor Goralik. The first installment tells about Muscovites preparing for the winter. “At the Garden Ring, right across Bulgakov’s house, there opened a kosher Chocolaterie. Unprepared Muscovites enter and freeze at seeing men in yarmulkes, and women in wigs. Content well-clothed children eat their legitimate cheesecakes with their hands, and there waitresses with beautiful Bashkir eyes…”

The Zion Subway
The idea of moving through space underground unifies both technocrats and mystics. The dream of the Jerusalem subway (unlikely to be realized, though) has deep and far-reaching historical and mythological roots that go to the labyrinth of Minos, Poliphem’s cave, underground palaces of various deities, and the chasms, pits, and abysses of Hades. Our guide Mikhail Korol suggests we take a dangerous subterranean journey: Mind the gap, the nest stop is Gehenna.

And Denmark Is a Prison
Drive, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Mr. Reft won the prize in Cannes as the best director, and the movie received excellent reviews from critics, and was destroyed by common moviegoers. This is normal, believes our film-critic-who-goes-to-movies Masha Tuuborg, for Drive is not an action thriller but an art project. This is the film made for the 1970s theme party, with the stone muscles of masculinity, defenselessness of femininity, with nothing between them. There is just the blood spurting from veins, and the bridge of fate is cracked.

…and many other artificial arts in the Columns & Columns section.


Around "Beseder?"
The Russian-language humor weekly Beseder? had been published in Israel for twenty years. Many witty one-liners went into the vernacular that were created by the Beseder? staff writers, and contributors. The magazine received the Golden Ostap award for satire, and humor achievements. They also published many books, including the first collection by the poet Renata Mukha. So, how was it to work there? Moreover, who did it? Why it all had to end? Read the memoirs of the staff, and a selection of their best jokes.

…and many other humorous humanoids in the Stories & Essays section.


Don’t Grudge the Brew Lite 94: Salmon and Vegetable Salad
We are presenting the healthy and tasty fast food from our very slim chef Roman Gershuni. Enjoy!

Hebrarium, the Lexicon of Jewish Whatnots: Tz-3
Who was the last king of Israel? How does our inimitable chef Roman Gershuni make tzimmes? How many sacred cities do the Jews have? Watch our Tz-Hebrarium! Our video genius Kirill Chichayev claims that the best is still to come.

Perpetuum Schmobile 21: Dennis Gabor and the Holography
Almost 50 years ago, Gábor Dénes AKA Dennis Gabor invented the method for the 3-D photography AKA holography. Initially, it was just an application, and the quality of the shots was rather mediocre. In a few years, however, lasers emerged, and holography’s new life began. These days, we have almost no doubts that in the nearest 10–15 years, holographic interfaces will become as mundane as touchscreens, and cell phones will be no longer required to bring to an ear, for we all will be speaking with a hologram of our interlocutor hovering in front of our face.

…and many other holistic holograms in the Video Blog section.


Winemakers of Tishbi
Winemaking is a Biblical occupation. The Bible says that Noah who survived the Flood made the first wine. The history of the Tishbi winery started in 1882, when a young couple Khamiletskys came from Lithuania, and settled in a village near the town of Zikhron Ya'akov.

An Elephant in Numbers
Now, you will have the whole truth about elephants, in numbers, and not in words. You probably know that elephants have the biggest ears on earth. Nevertheless, did you know that mice sometimes get warm inside their trunks? Be prepared, this is not all. Watch and be amazed!

Ms. Flour and Mr. Sugar
Wonder Baking. The Lessons in Culinary Art, by Irina Chadeyeva
This is no ordinary cookbook. The first thing, it was written for kids, not the grown-ups. And the second is, it is not only a collection of recipes but the veritable encyclopedia, interesting, colorful, and long-expected.

Remembering the Childhood
Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll, translated by Vladimir Oryol, illustrated by Gennady Kalinovsky
The book is the remake of the cult edition of 1980, by the Detskaya Literatura publishers. At that time, they printed one hundred thousand copies, and the book cost one ruble eighty kopecks. It was an instant hit. Intelligent people used to recognize each other by this book. Now, we have the new book by the old artist, and it will be read and looked at by new kids. Now this book is for them.

Wonderful School Years? An Interview with Yakov Geht, the First Israeli Democratic School Principal
“Our premise is very simple. People cannot be divided into successful, mediocre, and losers. People are just different, and each one of them is successful in his or her own way. If you understand this simple idea, you shall see that the democratic school’s first task is to assist a child in finding his or her strong side.”

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


Nobody tosses a dwarf! Booknik and Family Booknik are supported by the AVI CHAI Foundation.









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