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AB №30 – On the Way



AB №30 – On the Way

* Within a Way. T. Apraksina    “A blossoming within a way” — p. 4 [links to content currently available in English; page numbers from Russian-language edition]

* To See from the Intelligence of the Heart. R. Whittaker    “People need recognition, they strive for that, and they may be tempted to turn themselves into pretzels in order to get recognized” — p. 6

* Caprices of the Evolution of the Louvre. P. Walton    “The English were a constant threat at that time” — p. 14

* Just an Alley. Kooseul Kim (contemporary Korean poetry)    “The history of alleys says The narrower they are The more inevitable the fate they carry” — p. 18

* Listening to Walls (Blues Report). J. Manteith    “How do ‘Saigon’ and a wall connect with songs by Mike and Aquarium?” — p. 20

* On the lips, an incandescent word. A. Alekseeva (1899-1945)    “You will never say a ‘No,’ And won’t betray, until death comes” — p. 25

* The Emperor Suite: Weatherburg. A. Zhilyakov    “A provocative phrase might fit well here: ‘In the beginning was the blues, and everything was blues” — p. 30

* Remembering Armenia. I. Tregub    “Flagstones scuffed by time” — p. 36

* A Time of Sacrifice. Sergei Muravyov-Apostol. O. Shilova    “Saying goodbye for the last time, they all shook hands.” — p. 37

* Mario Luzi: Voyaging in Heaven and on Earth. Y. Sventsitskaya    “The dominant associations here are so individual, the words lose their generally accepted meanings” — p. 44

* Federico Tiezzi on Mario Luzi (interview). Y. Sventsitskaya    “His idea of purgatory as a beehive, which makes spiritual honey, was a guiding thread for the dramaturgy” — p. 45

* Saving Russia from Russia. T. Partanenko    “What this concerns is not a scholarly discussion but a conflict between two cosmoses” — p. 47

* Gina in Scenes and Behind Them. M. Rasina, Y. Sventsitskaya    “Gina Lollobrigida is not only a great actress but a great personality” — p. 58

* From “The Essence of the Ocean of True Meaning” (translation by V. Ragimov)    “Can one really, having become human, live a human life fruitlessly?” — p. 64

* Irina Mashinski’s Cardinal Points and Craft (interview)    “A real poet is always an eccentric” — p. 68

* Polemics Session: Rosemary’s Retort (V. Verov)    “The chemistry of poetry translation remains unchanged” — p. 75


The Age of Blues

At the presentation of Apraksin Blues №29
November 9-11, 2019, St. Petersburg, Russia. Editor in chief Tatyana Apraksina and AB supporters in the Apraksin Lane editorial office ...
AB Invites!


Authors, readers, admirers, past and future! And just good smart people!

To everyone who knows us, who know each other, ...

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On April 18, 2017, on Mike Naumenko's birthday, a conference on him was held in the historic editorial offices of ...
Gregory Korchmar And Tatyana Apraksina SPb 2010
Composer Gregory Korchmar wrote his cantata If I were known as a violin bow in St. Petersburg, Russia, starting the ...
Tibetan lessons
The historic Apraksin Blues magazine editorial offices in St. Petersburg are hosting regular Tibetan language classes. (Photos by Elena  Starovoitova.)



After many years in a private collection in Germany, eighteen historic paintings and drawings by Tatyana ...

Congratulations on turning twenty

Congratulations on your anniversary! You've managed to create a readable, respected, totally unique magazine with an audience of devoted readers ...

A vertical slice of Blues infinity
Its history's third decade unsealed, Blues begins to understand that the childhood of becoming belongs irrevocably to the past. The ...
What Can the Future Be? (Two Shores of a Survey)
The Editors are inviting authors who contribute to AB as specialists in various disciplines to answer a series of questions about the future ...
In New York, Work on a Film on Composers
We thank the pianist Elena Kuschnerova for her support of this project. New York (Photo: J. Manteith)

James Manteith, ...




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