For Elisheva Nesis, painting is her way of communicating with the world, her search for signs and mysteries in our lives. Her works depict unusual interactions between objects and people, as well as exploring the ‘boredom of normality and social aggression’. Her surrealist paintings border between symbolic expressionism and psychological symbolism.
Elisheva Nesis (pen name: Elizaveta Mikhailichenko) is an artist and author. Back in the USSR, she graduated from Stavropol Medical Academy (with post-graduate work in psychiatry) and the Literary Institute. Since 1990, she has been living in Israel, where she studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. For the last 14 years, she has been a freelance artist. About 400 of her works are in private collections and museums around the world. She has had five solo exhibitions and many group shows. She has also co-authored several books of poetry and prose.
A book of poems in Russian by Victor Enyutin (San Francisco, 1983). Victor Enyutin is a Russian writer, poet, and sociologist who emigrated to the US from the Soviet Union in 1975.
This collection of personal essays by a bi-national Russian/U.S. author offers glimpses into many things Soviet and post-Soviet: the sacred, the profane, the mundane, the little-discussed and the often-overlooked. What was a Soviet school dance like? Did communists go to church? Did communists listen to Donna Summer? If you want to find out, read on!
“Cold War Casual” is a collection of transcribed oral testimony and interviews translated from Russian into English and from English into Russian that delve into the effect of the events and the government propaganda of the Cold War era on regular citizens of countries on both sides of the Iron Curtain.
Julia Wiener was born in the USSR a few years before the Second World War; her youth was spent during the “Thaw” period, and her maturity coincided with the years of “Soviet stagnation”, which, in her case, ended with her emigration to Israel in the early 1970s. Her wartime childhood, her Komsomol-student youth, her subsequent disillusionment, her meetings with well-known writers (Andrei Platonov, Victor Nekrasov, etc.) are described in a humorous style and colorful detail. Julia brings to life colorful characters – from her Moscow communal apartment neighbors to a hippie London lord, or an Arab family, headed by a devotee of classical Russian literature. No less diverse are the landscapes against which the events unfold: the steppes of Kazakhstan, the Garden of Gethsemane, New York, Amsterdam, London.
Julia Wiener’s novels focus on those moments when illusory human existence collapses in the face of true life, be it spiritual purity, love, old age, or death.