Booknik on November 5-11

Last week, Booknik tracked down a serial killer, tried to like Dostoyevsky with all his might, and tried to like the Thai Tom Yum soup; he also resided in a Paris beehive, went to school with Stalin’s daughter, cried over the leek soup, went to the movies to see some Spielberg, and read some Talmud. Meanwhile, as it is fit for kiddies, Booknik Jr. spent some time at the playground, and ate sweets, listening to morality tales of Rabbi Meir.

Non-Practicing Monsters
The Genius, by Jesse Kellerman
Jesse Kellerman unfolds secrets no one would want to know about if one is not connected to them through some blood ties, ruthlessly and confidently. Readers are introduced to serial murders, sexual perversions, and mental disorders. After reading The Genius, some of your hair will turn white, Booknik reviewer Anna Andreyeva warns, but the book is worth it.

Cinderella from Hong Kong
Girl in Translation, by Jean Kwok
The Communist and closed China had long been a frightening terra incognita for the rest of the world, yet recently, there have appeared more holes in the Great Wall, and women made some of them. The novel by the Chinese American author Jean Kwok is about the price of freedom. Booknik reviewer Yevgenia Ritz read the book, and put the price tag on it.

…and many other priceless privacies in the Books & Reviews section.


The Truth Is, Alyosha, Like Jews on the Passover
It so happens that Booknik contributor Yulia Melamed believes her favorite Russian author is the anti-Semite Dostoyevsky. She decided to come out of the closet regarding this, on the day of his birthday. The truth is, she is not the only one in her love to this Russian classic author. Franz Kafka, Leonid Grossman, Woody Allen, and an infinite number of other Jews feel their kinship with Fyodor Mikhaylovich in his manner of joking and thinking, and they prefer to close their eyes tightly when he starts ranting against Jews.

…and many other classic clauses in the Articles & Interviews section.


Jews in The Beehive
The School of Paris Exhibition, 1905—1932, gathered from museums and personal collections in Paris, Geneva, and Moscow, is open through November 20, 2011, in the Gallery of European and American Art of the 19th and 20th centuries, on 14, Volkhonka St., in Moscow. The special focus of this art show, Booknik’s art critic Anna Chudetskaya believes, is on the Jewish artists who basically formed the famous École de Paris. The Jewish tone is very strong at the exhibition, for Jewish artists made a major contribution into the 20th century art in general.

…and many other significant signs in the Events & Reports section.


Those Wonderful School Years
We are continuing to publish the memoir excerpts by Lyubov Zaytseva O Tempora! O Mores!, part 2, now covering the 1926 through 1951), in our new column Private History. This time, our private historian tells about soviet school, young pioneer camps, and kids’ grieves. We shall also learn how Stalin drew a horsie for his daughter.

Multifaceted and Attractive Tom Yum
Never, never cook the Tom Yum soup by a recipe given by a Thai cook for Thai eaters if you do not want to run across the ceiling in circles from the heat it creates in your mouth. Our brave cooking expert Keren Pevzner did exactly this, and now look what happened. You should always divide the quantity of all spiced by four at least. The thing is, in Thailand, they believe it to be the best compliment to a cook if an eater gasps for breath, exudes tears, and waves his hand at his mouth.

Everything Personal
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, directed by Steven Spielberg
The adventure starts when the young reporter Tintin buys a scale model of a 17th century sailing vessel at a flea market. Some shady types immediately try to buy the model from him, but Tintin refuses them. Then the model is stolen from his apartment, and the young man is so vexed about this breach of his privacy that he sets out to find the robbers. Booknik’s staff moviegoer Dina Suvorova could not but follow him.

The Seventh Stone
The Jerusalem mayor’s office is going to cover all streets of the old city with asphalt for the cobblestones are being repeatedly attacked by some unknown vandal. The noted author Alexander Ilichevsky claims he did not do it.

Men from Babylonia, Women from the Promised Land
This time, Booknik’s staff Talmud scholar Reuven Kipervasser presents the views of the Diaspora denizen on the inhabitants of the Promised Land, in a brief Talmudic anecdote. As foreign man looks at a woman who, as everybody knows, is the alien closest to us.

…and many other anecdotal animations in the Columns & Columns section.


Omsk, by Maya Arad
When she was younger, Maya Arad fell in love with Russian culture, and this affair bore some fruit. Her romance with Russian literature was far more successful than Tatyana’s relations with Eugene Onegin. Our contributor Zoya Kopelman told Booknik about the author’s career, and translated the short story Omsk from her latest book. The protagonist comes to the alien and strange West Siberian city to adopt a child, and, finally, become a mother. That is what she says, at least.

…and many other adaptable adoptions in the Stories & Essays section.


It Is Very Hot in Ethiopia
On November 1, 1984, the Moses Operation began, when they transported fourteen thousand Jews from Ethiopia and Sudan to Israel. This is the reason we would like to talk about Ethiopians, and not only Jewish at that. What was the title of the Ethiopian emperor? What soviet scientist visited Ethiopia? What did Nikolay Gumilev hunt for? Do the Ethiopians like heat?

…and many other Ethiopian ethers in the Contests & Quizzes section.


Don’t Grudge the Brew Lite 93: Light Leek Soup
This recipe from our inimitable chef Roman Gershuni will be much liked by thrifty homemakers. One may not salt the French leek soup for there are enough tears in it.

Plagiarism in Soviet Songs 6: Matvey Blanter 1
Matvey Blanter was a real court composer of the soviet regime. The whole world knows his Katyusha as a Russian folk song, and many performers still cover it in all possible ways and manners. However, in this episode of the Booknik web TV series, Mark Freydkin will tell you about the adventures of another song by Blanter, In the Frontlines Forest, that was one of Serge Gainsbourg’s favorites.

…and many other musical musings in the Video Blog section.


Back to Sukkot
In October, the holiday of Sukkot ended, when both children and non-children attended sukkahs, and blessed four kinds of plants. Booknik Jr. did not miss it, of course. We time-traveled to the late 19th century, and saw how the home of the family that had just celebrated Sukkot looked like. However— well, we seem to have confused something, and something seems not to be right at this picture. Please find ten things that could not have been there at that age.

Cream Cheeeeese
A cheesecake may become a Saturday surprise or a birthday present. This is because it is very soft and tender, and it is a pure pleasure to eat one. Especially if you made it yourselves.

Spit in My Eyes
This is the story of Rabbi Meir, and how his sermon was the cause for a family quarrel.

The Playground. Notes of a Crazed Parent
I’m doing my third time here, I’m a cubed veteran. Year after year, one generation after another, a playground is unchangeable, and the time here is a special time. People come out to have an evening stroll but the playground sucks them in, and they circle around it, one evening after another, along the sandpit box. Maria Blinkina-Melnik shares her experience in surviving the playground, waiting for her parole.

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


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