Reading Your Way to Sochi

February 22, 2014 | 1

Another day, another LARB piece about reading Russian fiction in conjunction with the Winter Olympics. (One particularly interesting earlier installment is over here.) Meanwhile, I offer a compendium of passages from the Russian masters, and use my favorite #SochiFails to illustrate them.

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One comment:

  1. Also, check out:

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116668/pussy-riot-releases-new-music-video-sochi (with Annotations)

    $50 billion and a rainbow ray
    Rodnina and Kabayeva will pass you the torch
    They’ll teach you to submit and cry in the camps
    Fireworks for the bosses. Hail, Duce!

    Sochi is blocked, Olympus is under surveillance
    Special forces, weapons, crowds of cops
    FSB – argument, Interior Ministry – Argument
    On [state-owned] Channel 1 – applause.

    Putin will teach you to love the Motherland.

    In Russia, the spring can come suddenly
    Greetings to the Messiah in the form of a volley from
    Aurora, the prosecutor is determined to be rude
    He needs resistance, not pretty eyes

    An bird cage for protest, vodka, nesting doll
    Jail for the Bolotnaya [activists], drinks, caviar
    The Constitution is in a noose, [environmental activist] Vitishko is in jail
    Stability, food packets, fence, watch tower

    Putin will teach you to love the Motherland

    They will turn off Dozhd’s broadcast
    The gay parade has been sent to the outhouse
    A two-point bathroom is the priority
    The verdict for Russia is jail for six years

    Putin will teach you to love the Motherland

    Motherland

    Motherland

    Motherland

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