In PUSHKIN IS OUR EVERYTHING, filmmaker Michael Beckelhimer goes on a journey through Russia to learn how Russia’s most famous 19th-century poet became contemporary Russia’s supreme national icon – and how his star rose higher and higher at every tumultuous point in Russian history.


Symbolist poet Andrei Bely’s recitation of his 1911 poem A Voice from the Past

replete with roiling, rolling r's

From Read Russia's ongoing initiative, Hear Russia!

Listen to the Bely audio

Voices of Russian Satire

Three Russian writers read their poetry and prose.

From our ongoing series featuring the sounds of Russian literature! Hear Russia!

Listen to the readings

World War 2 & Russian Arts

World War 2 continues to play a huge and very emotional role in the Russian arts.

Read Russia presents audio clips highlighting Russian poets and performers who were involved in World War 2.

Listen to the World War 2 audio

The Voices of Boris Pasternak

Hear Boris Pasternak recite three poems, one a translation from the original Georgian.

From Read Russia's ongoing initiative, Hear Russia!

Listen to the Pasternak audio

Lev Tolstoy Speaks

Hear Lev Tolstoy speak about life, art, and morals in brief recordings made in 1908.

First in a series highlighting audio and the arts.

Listen to the Tolstoy Audio

The Institute of Translation

The Institute of Translation, an autonomous, not-for-profit organization established in the Russian Federation in 2011, promotes and supports the translation of Russian literature into other languages and foreign literary works into Russian.

Download the Institute of Translation brochure


Read Russia Anthology

How could we learn about other cultures and civilizations without reading their literature? 

And how could we do that without translation, the most vital and underappreciated art?

Download the Read Russia Anthology


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