Notes of A Soviet Actor – Cherkasov

In this post, we will see the book Notes Of A Soviet Actor by N. Cherkasov.

About the book

Nikolai Cherkasov, People’s Artist of the USSR, gives an account of his life as an actor, and aspects of the acting profession. This is an unusual autobiography in that it is of a Soviet actor whose career was entirely within the Soviet era. Cherkasov has been a major actor in both film and the stage, since the 1920’s. His last role discussed in this book was when he played Mayakovsky in The New Mayakovsky.

Translated from the Russian by G. Ivanov-Mumjiev and S. Rosenberg
Designed by Y. Rakuzin

The book was published in  by Foreign Languages Publishing House in 1960s.

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Contents

THE BEGINNING 7

At School 28

In Search of a Hero 42

ON THE STAGE AND SCREEN 71

The Actor and the Playwright 78

The Actor and the Director 88

The Actor and the Role 109

The Stage Actor’s Technique 133

The Actor and the Make-Up Artist 154

The Screen Actor’s Technique 162

The Actor and the Cameraman 172

On the Set 178

The Actor and the Public 194

PLAYING MAYAKOVSKY 203

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Timur and His Squad – Gaidar

In this post, we will see the book Timur And His Squad by Arkady Gaidar.

About the book

This book is a collection of four short novels by Arkady Gaidar: School, Chuck and Geck, Blue Cup and Timur and His Squad.

Timur and His Squad is a short novel by Arkady Gaidar, written and first published in 1940. The book tells the story of a gang of village kids who sneak around secretly doing good deeds, protecting families whose fathers and husbands are in the Red Army, and doing battle against nasty hooligans. It had a huge impact upon the young Soviet audiences. Timurite movement (Timurovtsy), involving thousands of children, became a massive phenomenon all over the country. Timur and His Squad remained part of the curriculum in every Soviet school even up into the 1990s. (From Wikipedia)

The book was translated from Russian by Lucy Flaxman and edited by Leonard Stoklitsky. The book was published in 1948 by Foreign Languages Publishing House.

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Contents

SCHOOL 7
I. School 9
II. Happy Times 85
III. The Front 160
CHUCK AND GECK 333
THE BLUE CUP 385
TIMUR AND HIS SQUAD 429

 

 

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The Commandant of Bird Island – Dikovsky

In this post, we will see the book The Commandant Of Bird Island by S. Dikovsky.

About the book

An extremely rare collection of short stories by Sergei Vladimirovich Dikovsky, translated into English and intended for export.
The collection takes its name from one of the presented works “The Commandant of Bird Island”, which was written by the author in 1939. It tells the story of a sailor from the Soviet border boat “Bold”, whose team detains a Japanese vessel with saboteurs near Kamchatka. They take the ship in tow, leaving two sailors on it, one of whom falls overboard during a fight with a Japanese who cut the rope connecting the ships. During an unexpected storm, the ship breaks up, and the remaining Soviet sailor Kositsyn and the Japanese get to an uninhabited island, where our sailor, without sleep and without a minute of rest, will have to confront seven Japanese saboteurs. And so, until help comes…
The edition includes 5 stories, such as “Patriots” (1937) and “The End of Sago Maru” (1938), and is also accompanied by a small number of illustrations.

The book was translated from Russian by N. Kaye, edited by L. Stoklitsky, illustrations by E. Burgunker. The book was published in 1947 by Foreign Languages Publishing House.

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Contents

Patriots. 7
The End of the Sago-Maru. 188
Beri-Beri. 228
The Commandant of Bird Island. 251
Above all —Don’t Lose Your Temper. 286

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Diary of a School Teacher – Vigdorova

In this post, we will see the book Diary Of A School Teacher by F. Vigdorova.

About the book

Later I wrote a feature story about a young school-teacher for Komsomolskaya Pravda. When I met her again a year later, she told me she had received a great many letters from people who had read the story. One of these was a sailor named Anatoli Negora. A lively correspondence had sprung up between the sailor and the young school-teacher’s class, and at the end of May, just before the examinations, he had come to Moscow and paid a visit to the children.

I have made use of this friendship between the sailor and
the schoolboys in the present book. The sailor’s name has been
changed, but the letters arc genuine. As for the children I describe, they include both my own pupils and other children I have known. Marina Nikolayevna is neither a self-portrait nor a portrait of anyone I have known; she is a composite character in whom I have sought to depict the traits of many young Soviet teachers whose work I have had occasion to observe. In a word, my purpose has been to tell you about the first steps of a young Soviet school teacher, her successes and mistakes, her quests and reflections, her joys and disappointments; how she teaches the children and herself learns in the process, and how great is a gratification she derives from her calling.

The book was translated from Russian by Rose Prokofieva, illustrated by H. Vinokurov and designed by V. Smirnov. The book was published in 1954 by Foreign Languages Publishing House.

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Contents

Foreword 7

PART ONE

September First. 13
Forty-Five Minutes. 15
How Shall I Begin?. 18
In the Common-Room. 20
Stumbling-Blocks. 22
A Game of Chess. 25
“I Hit Him Back First….”. 28
Lyoslia to the Rescue!. 31
Page by Page. 33
Ten Films. 35
What Is To Be Done?. 38
The Most Important Thing. 43
New Bools. 51
On the Way Home. 54
The Fight. 58
Galya. 60
The Vorobeiko Brothers. 64
Our Pioneer Leader. 72
“Deft Hands”. 74
“I Stole the Apples Too….”. 77
The Fur Cap. 80
Without Fanfare. 83
A Parents* Meeting. 88
A Visit to Sasha Gai. 98
Head of the Family. 105
Fat her and Son. 108
“Daddy Has Come Home!” 111
Pioneer Rally. 114
Zoya’s Teacher. 120
Heroes in Our Midst. 123
All Old Friend. 131
Getting Acquainted. 142
New Friends. 146
The Reply. 152
Red’Letter Day. 157
Eighth of March. 161
The Blue Book. 163
Examinations. l67

PART TWO

On the Volga. 179
Nocturnal Reflections. 183
September. 189
Day by Day. 193
Football. DM 194
Object-Lesson in Teaching. 199
I Disown a Pupil. 201
In Their Own Words. 205
A Day in the Woods. 212
Dima Kirsanov. 216
Composition. 220
Copy-Books Nos. I and 2. 224
The Operation. 230
The Grammar Lesson. 231
Trip to Bolshevo. 237
Stamp-Collectors. 249
Kira’s Album. 252
The Little Ones. 256
Our Botanist. 261
An Apple of Discord. 265
“A Splendid Idea!”. 272
The New Boy. 278
“Professional Duties” and the School. 288
Step by Step. 292
A Visit to the Pioneer House. 299
A Pioneer “Factory”. 302
“What Is Heroism?”. 307
After the Debate. 315
“I Was Ashamed”. 319
Pioneers Meet. 324
Two Compositions. 331
Walking-Tour. 335
May Ninth. 338

 

 

 

 

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Conquering The Celestial Mountains – Simonov

In this post, we will see the book Conquering The Celestial Mountains by Yevgeny Simonov.

About the book

Tien Shan means celestial mountains in Chinese. Climbs in the Tien Shan, (Kang Tengri). The book gives a good insight to the early Soviet climbers in the 1950s such as the famous Abalakov brothers.

 

The book was translated from Russian by G. Ivanov-Mumjiev  and was published in 1958 by Foreign Languages Publishing House.

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Contents

The Journey’s Beginning (In lieu of Preface) 5
Meeting in Berlin 8
Celestial Mountains 15
Lord of the Spirits 25
The Brothers Abalakov 30
A Cloth Bound Notebook 41
A Peak Without Address 62
The Tracks on the Glacier 69
First Among the Mountaineers 93
Eleven at the Top 114

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Alitet Goes To The Hills – Syomushkin

In this post, we will see the book Alitet Goes To The Hills by Tikhon Syomushkin.

About the book

The inhabitants of Chukotka were cruelly exploited before the revolution. Once Chukotka was visited by the representative of the Kamchatka Revolutionary Committee Los and the ethnographer Zhukov. The news of the arrival of the Russians immediately dispersed along the coast. Contrary to the pressure of the American Thomson and the local “oligarch” Alitet in Chukotka, fair trade laws were established, as a result of which the Americans and Alitet left Chukotka.

The book was translated from Russian by was published in 1948 by Foreign Languages Publishing House Moscow.

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Moscow : A Short Guide – Chernov

In this post, we will see the book Moscow : A Short Guide by Vladimir Chernov.

About the book

 To the reader
This guide is a short account of Moscow and its principal points of interest for the foreign tourist who is visiting the city for the first time and has a limited time at his or her disposal. To describe a city as vast as Moscow is difficult, especially within a small compass; but we hope that this guide will help you spend your time in our city pleasantly and profitably and make a first acquaintance with its sights and places o f interest, so that you will want to renew that acquaintance in the future. Several excursions have been suggested for a stay of three or four days, rather arbitrarily, we admit; but with our recommendations in mind you can plan your own sightseeing around the city.

The book was translated from Russian by was published in 1979 by Progress Publishers.

Translated from the Russian by J.C. Butler
Editors of the Russian text R. D. Bogoyavlensky and V. V. Ostroumov
Editor of the English text I.A.Romashkevich
Designed by M. M. Zanegin
Art editor V. K. Zavadovskaya
Maps by V.M.Sokolov
Layout by I. K. Derva

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Contents

SOME USEFUL HINTS FOR VISITING MOSCOW 5

How to Get to Moscow 5
The Best Time to Visit Our City 8
What to Bring with You 9
Moscow Time 10
Things You Need to Know 10

A BRIEF SKETCH OF THE CITY 13
Some Dates from Moscow’s History 26

FIRST DAY 33
Red Square 35
The Kremlin 47
Along Gorky Street 66

SECOND DAY 81

Along Marx Prospekt 82
Along Kalinin Prospekt 105

THIRD DAY 118

At the USSR Economic Exhibition 119
The Lenin Hills 129

THE MOSCOW OLYMPICS 137

IF YOU HAVE AN EXTRA DAY 147
Gorki Leninskiye
151 Arkhangelskoye Estate 153
Borodino 154
Zagorsk 156
Klin 157

INFORMATION 159

Some Useful Hints 159
City Transport 165
Post, Telegraph, and Telephone 166
A Reminder for Pedestrians 167
Some Hints for Motorists 168
For Fact Collectors 170
Addresses of Museums, Exhibitions, Theatres, Cinemas, Concert Halls,
Circuses, Parks, Sports Facilities, Hotels, Restaurants and Markets 171
Some Other Useful Addresses 178
Press, Radio, Television and News Agencies 179
Telephone Numbers to Remember 180

INDEX OF NAMES AND PLACES 181
A SHORT PHRASE-BOOK 187

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Moscow A Short Guide – Kovalyov

In this post, we will see the book Moscow A Short Guide by A. Kovalyov.

About the book

An introduction to Moscow and its surroundings. Covers some of the major attractions in the city with useful information.

The book was translated from Russian by Victor M. Schneierson and designed by G. Dauman.

The book was published in 1960 by Foreign Languages Publishing House.

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Contents

Introduction 5

The Kremlin 27

Red Square – Revolution Square – Sverdlov Square – Okhotny Ryad 40

Manege Square – Gorky St. – Leningradsky Prospekt – Novo-Pesohanaya St. – 6th Street of Oktyabrskoye Field – Khoroshovskoye Highway – Begovaya St 55

Mayakovsky Square – Vosstaniye Square – Smolenskaya Square – Krymsky Bridge – Leninsky Prospekt – Lenin Hills – University – Dimitrov St. – Sofiiskaya Embankment – Red Square 74

Smolenskaya Square – Kutuzovsky Prospekt – Fili 98

Manage Square – Mokhovaya St. – Kropotkin St. – Luzhniki (Lenin Stadium) 102

Sverdlov Square – Kirov St. – Komsomolskaya Square – Sadovaya St. – Prospect Mira – U.S.S.R. Economic Achievement Exhibition – Ostankino 118
The Metro 137

Useful Information 146

Museums and Exhibitions 150
Theatres 157
Churches and Meeting-Houses 159
Name Index 163

 

 

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Library of Dreams…

So many books yet to be done…

 

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Life Triumphs – Sharov

In this post, we will see the book Life Triumphs by A. Sharov.

About the book

The book tells us story of how the terrible disease of plague was conquered. Starting from Danilo Samoilovich, a Ukrainian, founder of epidemiology in the Russian Empire, the book explores the journey of finding a cure for plague.

The book was translated from Russian by Violet Dutt and was published in 1955 by Foreign Languages Publishing House.

This translation has been made from the Russian edition published by the Sovetsky Pisatel Publishing House, Moscow 1953.

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Contents

CONTENTS

THE BEGINNING OF THE JOURNEY

Danila Samoilovich 5
Vetlyanka Village 22
The First Weapon 34
Invisible Currents 46
At Home 66
In Search of the Non-Existent 85
The Plague Fort 96

TWO VICTORIES

In Manchuria 112
The Moscow Plague Centre 119
The Manchurian Plague Riddle Solved 137
The Caspian Area 143
At the Fisheries 147
The Second Victory 154

WHAT COULD BE AND WHAT IS

The Conquest of a Continent 174
The Fate of Dr. Kellogg 178
A Conversation in Smolny 191

THE REALIZATION OF THE IDEA

The Beginning of the Offensive 195
“AMP” 207
The “EV” Strain 217
Against Death 224
The Experiments Continue 229
The Third Task 231
Pages from a Diary 23S

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