Mikhail Krutikov


From Azerbaijan to Silicon Valley and Back

By Mikhail Krutikov

From Azerbaijan to Silicon Valley and Back
Alexander Ilichevsky started out as a math whiz growing up in Moscow and made his name in Silicon Valley. Then, he set his sights on the world of literature.Read More


The Most Famous English Jew

By Mikhail Krutikov

The Most Famous English Jew
Was Sir Moses Haim Montefiore the first Jewish celebrity of the modern age? A strong affirmative is the thesis of Abigail Green’s “Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero,” a biography of the most famous Jew of the 19th century.Read More


More Moses Than Job

By Mikhail Krutikov

In the poem “Dream,” Boris Slutsky laconically summed up two defining facts of his generation: “Nineteen is the year of birth, age twenty-two in year forty-one.”

More Moses Than Job
Best known in Russia as a poet of the Second World War, Slutsky belonged to the first — and last — generation of writers whose lives were spent completely under Communist rule. Like most members of that generation, the war split his life in two.Read More


Lev Berinsky, a Poet in Exile Between Time and Eternity

By Mikhail Krutikov

A version of this post appeared in Yiddish here. Read More


The Furrier, the Psychoanalyst and the Assassin

By Mikhail Krutikov

A version of this post appeared in Yiddish here. Read More






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