Anniversaries: A Singer & a Writer (Fyodor Shalyapin & Mikhail Bulgakov)


Boris Kustodiyev - Portrait of Fyodor Shalyapin, 1921.
Boris Kustodiev – Portrait of Fyodor Shalyapin, 1921.

‘You’re not Dostoyevsky,’ said the citizeness, who was getting muddled by Koroviev.

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Ivan Krylov’s Fable “The Dragonfly & the Ant” (1808)


Georgiy Narbut - Illustration to Ivan Krylov's fable "The Ant & the Dragonfly" (1912).
Georgiy Narbut – Illustration to Ivan Krylov’s fable “The Ant & the Dragonfly” (1912).
In the summer’s gaily singing,
Of the future isn’t thinking,
But the winter’s nearby.

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Ivan Krylov’s Fable “Swan, Pike & Crawfish”.


Illustration to Ivan Krylov's Fable Swan, Pike and Crawfish

In 1814 Ivan Krylov wrote a fable called “Swan, Pike and Crawfish“:

When partners can’t agree
Their dealings come to naught
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