Igor Satanovsky (b. 1969 in Kiev) is a visual artist, poet, editor, translator, curator, and award–winning book designer. He had solo art exhibits at the Zverevsky Center of Contemporary Art in Moscow (2019) and Outpost Gallery II in NYC (2017); and collaborated with Boris Lurie Art Foundation on organizing and curating various International art projects since 2010, including Boris Lurie’s retrospectives at Berlin Jewish Museum (2016) and the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg (2019). Igor is Chief Editor of Novaya Kozha, a Russian-language almanac of arts and letters, and a recipient of the 2021 David Burliuk Prize (Otmetina) for experimental poetry. He authored seven collections of poetry and two albums of graphics. He is a member of the editorial boards of A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes (Richard Kostelanetz, various editions, USA/UK, 1999–2019) and Cultural Dictionary of the 21st Century (Moscow, 2020).
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.