Gasan Guseinov has authored several books and more than a hundred articles on classical philology and cultural history, contemporary politics, and literature. He taught at GITIS (1978-1984), then worked at the IMLI of the USSR Academy of Sciences. In 1990-1991, he was a Humboldt Foundation scholar in Heidelberg; in 1992-1997 he was a researcher at the Bremen Institute of Eastern Europe. He taught at universities in Denmark, Germany, and the US; worked as a freelancer for the Internet editorial staff of Deutsche Welle (2001-2006), and since 2002 was a privat-docent at the University of Bonn. In 2006-2007, he once again worked at the East European Institute. Since 2007, he has been a professor at the Philological Department of Moscow State University, where he teaches courses on Ancient Literature, Ancient Greek, and Introduction to Classical Philology. He is the head of the Russian section of the international project Catalogus Philologorum Classicorum. From April 2011 to September 2012, he was Director of the Humanities Research Center at the Russian Academy of Sciences. Co-Founder and Professor of Free University / Brīvā Universitāte (Latvia).
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.