Anna Aslanyan

Music, Terror, Garlic Amulets

Julian Barnes's 'The Noise of Time'

Ladies’ Man Of Art

The formidable critic Dave Hickey turns 75 this month

Voice Of Dystopia

The Nobel laureate for literature Svetlana Alexievich gives voice to the voiceless

Russia’s not so Lovable Rogue

An account of Eduard Limonov's adventurous life, that's a bit too heavy on admiration

Mentioned in Dispatches

Letters from London and Europe by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, tranlated by J. G. Nichols

Can Kasparov Checkmate Putin?

On and off the chessboard, the ex-world champion is a fighter. Now the man who has led the struggle for Russian democracy talks to Standpoint

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"