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 2003

This issue of the magazine includes:

• Names: Yury Karabchievsky

In the 1980s, the Russian poet, prose-writer, and literary scholar Yury Karabchievsky (1938–1992) was able to publish his works only in the West. He became famous in the Soviet Union only just before his death—after his controversial book Resurrection of Mayakovsky was published in Moscow in 1990. But his real place in the history of Russian literature is connected neither with this book, nor with his poetry but with his semi-autobiographic novels that give profound, honest and bitter descriptions of the spiritual experience of a Jew and an intellectual in the Soviet totalitarian society.

• Synopses: Two New Books

The brief reviews present two recently published Russian translations: the memoirs of the Polish musician and Warsaw ghetto survivor Wladyslaw Szpilman, The Pianist (Jerusalem‑Moscow, 2003) and the historical novel by contemporary Yiddish author, Boris Sandler, Clay and Flesh (Kishinev, 2003).

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

• Publishers and Publishing Projects: Pedagogical Club "New Jewish School" (St. Petersburg)

The Pedagogical Club "New Jewish School" supports the Jewish educational system in the former Soviet Union through a publishing program of textbooks and methodological materials for teachers. Since 1998, the "New Jewish School" has also published a magazine under the same title (2–3 issues a year). The article is followed by the complete bibliography of books and magazines published by the "New Jewish School."

• Jewish Calendar of Important Dates: September–October 2003

• Bibliography: 70 New Books