Cover endorsement by Michele A. Berdy
"Foreigners who spend years mastering classical Russian grammar and getting used to the rapid-fire slangy exchanges of contemporary spoken Russian need one more thing: a personal cultural guide. We dream of someone who will take us by the hand and explain why a 30-year-old film is still watched by the whole family every New Year’s Eve, whisper the allusions to films in the jokes our co-workers are making, and help us understand how a traditional fairy tale shaped our friends’ characters and sense of morality.
Olga Fedina’s book, What Every Russian Knows (And You Don’t), is just that guide. These twelve essays on icons of Russian and Soviet culture open a window on artists and their works of art that still resonate today in language, images and worldview. It’s a valuable resource for anyone studying Russian language, literature and culture."
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