To most of you the portrayal of Soviets (or Russians - who cares!) as backward evil-doers by Hollywood is nothing surprising. A new view is gaining traction that the silly stereotyping is fizzling out. I argue the opposite: it’s entered a new, more nuanced phase.
Russian literature is not only the panoramic, doorstopping 'War and Peace' or the long existentialist tribulations of 'Crime and Punishment.' We present a list of (much) shorter works that create a no less vivid impression on the reader (and can be read through in the bath or on the plane).