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.


February 2002

This issue of the magazine includes:

• Memoirs: The Publishing History of Ilya Erenburg's Collected Works

St. Petersburg literary scholar Boris Frezinsky, an expert on Erenburg's artistic heritage, recalls the complicated publishing history of the 8-volume Collected Works of the famous Soviet prose writer, poet and publicist. The first volume of this collection was issued in 1990, the last one—only 11 years later.

• Synopses: Four New Books

The magazine presents brief reviews of 4 books recently published in Russia. Of special interest is an analysis of the new textbook for Russian secondary schools, The History of the Holocaust on the Territory of the USSR, prepared by the Moscow-based Holocaust Educational and Research Center.

• Response: About the Tri-Lingual Edition (Russian, Kirghiz, and Hebrew) of From Jewish Legends, Published in 2000 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The magazine's reviewer strongly criticizes this book of Biblical legends and Jewish folk tales for plagiarism and its inferior literary quality.

• Publishers and Publishing Projects: Multi-media Editions of the ORT-Gunzburg Center, St. Petersburg

In 1995 the ORT-Gunzburg Center—a branch office of World ORT—was officially opened in St. Petersburg, the city where the organization's history started more than a century ago. With the issue of two multi-media editions on Jewish history and tradition ORT-Gunzburg Center has distinguished itself as the pioneer in the market of Jewish multi-media in Russian. The article includes brief descriptions of these editions—a CD-ROM, Navigating the Bible, and an album of two CD-ROMs, St. Petersburg's Jewish Community. Three Centuries of History.

• Looking Through Russian Literary Magazines: Novels and Articles of Jewish Interest

• Jewish Calendar of Significant Dates: March–April 2002

• Bibliography: 95 New Books