The People of the Book inthe World of Books isaRussian bimonthly publication for serious readers with Jewish interests. Our English website includes only thesummaries of thepublished articles. Toaccess the complete text of them, please visit the Russian version of this website.


August 2014

This issue of the magazine includes:

• Memoirs: Sarnov and Slutsky

The author of these recollections, Petersburg historian Boris Frezinsky, tells the story of his long friendship with prominent literary scholar Benedikt Sarnov, who recently passed away in Moscow. Frezinsky primarily focuses on Sarnov’s work editing a volume of selected poems by the Soviet Russian poet Boris Slutsky.

Problem: Falsification of Jabotinsky’s Legacy Nonstop

The article continues the magazine’s series on the scandal surrounding the Russian edition of Vladimir (Zeev) Jabotinsky’s complete works, an ambitious Russian-Israeli publishing project carried out under the auspices of the Tel Aviv-based Jabotinsky Institute. The new volume of this edition, as well as the previous one, includes several works falsely attributed to the famous Zionist leader and thinker. The author of these blatant, shameless falsifications is the project’s academic editor, Leonid Katsis of the Center for Biblical and Jewish Studies at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow. The article examines Professor Katsis’s “discoveries” and analyzes numerous papers where he attributes to Jabotinsky anonymous texts or texts published under pseudonyms from various early twentieth-century Russian newspapers. The article concludes on a rather pessimistic note: because of apathy and indifference within the academic community, the quasi-scientific speculations and fallacious sensations around Jabotinsky’s literary legacy will continue.

Looking through Russian Literary Magazines: Novels and Articles of Jewish Interest

Jewish Calendar of Significant Dates: September–October 2014

Bibliography: 15 New Books