Tag: Russia

  • A Dill Pickle by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    Bank Holiday 1912 William Strang

    “A Dill Pickle” is a 1917 short story by Katherine Mansfield. Over the course of a single café scene, a woman meets up with a former beau. This is a feminist story about how men and women tend to communicate, and illuminates Mansfield’s deep interest in psychology. I’m in a restaurant in Cambridge and this […]

  • Baba Yaga: Witch or old woman?

    Baba Yaga is a legendary Slavic witch, or a hag, who lives in a hut that stands on chicken legs and who flies through the air in a mortar.

  • The Soviet Union Children’s Books

    Best Loved Books In The Former Soviet Union The True History of a Little Ragamuffin by James Greenwood (written by an English author, for adults, but little known in the UK) Books by Boris Zakhoder (who translated Alice In Wonderland into Russian very adeptly) An early Soviet classic, Schwambrania by Lev Kassil is about two…

  • What Colour Is Your Sun?

    Polish illustrator Zdzisław Witwicki, (1921-2019) rabbit sun

    Different cultures view the sun differently. Ask a Western child to draw the sun and they will draw it yellow. Ask a Japanese child to draw the sun and they will draw it red. Our closest star is ‘actually’ white. I grew up in New Zealand and I drew it yellow. But when I lived as…

  • The Colour Of Sky In Art And Illustration

    In Western cultures at least, little kids first learn to draw with a blue or (black for night-time) sky, and a yellow orb for the sun. In reality, sky can be many different colours.