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.


December 2004

This issue of the magazine includes:

• Polemics: Let's Put in a Word for Poor Syndicate...

The magazine continues to publish articles discussing the controversial novel Syndicate by Dina Rubina that describes in a sarcastic style the two years she spent as a representative of the Jewish Agency in Moscow.

• Synopses: New Books from Moscow and Kiev

Three classic Yiddish children's books with illustrations by El Lissitzky and Issachar Ber Ryback were republished in Moscow in 2004 with parallel Russian translations. The reviewer points out that these books are oriented more for serious connoisseurs of art than for children, and as such must be more carefully edited. Other brief reviews present two novels by contemporary writer, Marina Galina who continues the tradition of the "Odessa school" in Russian literature, as well as the first volume of the new publishing project, Baby Yar: Man, Power, History, started in Kiev with the aim of documenting in detail the tragic history of this ravine on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital that became one of the major symbols of the Holocaust.

• Response: The Guide Invites...

The ambitious publishing project Traveler’s Guide through Jewish Russia (in Russian; Moscow, 2004) contains so many errors that the reviewer ironically considers it less of a real reference book than an accessory in a Russian nouveau riche’s house.

• Overview: Regional Jewish Magazine–a Grain of the Common Home

The article presents detailed critical analysis of the magazine Korni (Roots) that was started in 1994 in Saratov and Nizhny Novgorod as a regional Jewish historical almanac of Central Russia and By-Volga Area and in ten years has developed into a Moscow-based magazine with a broader Jewish cultural, educational, and scientific agenda.

• Jewish Calendar of Significant Dates: January–February 2005

• Bibliography: 70 New Books