"These women made profound sacrifices for the sake of their husbands’ vocation. Natalya Solzhenitsyn, for example, spent eighteen years secluded in “a zone of quiet” in Vermont, assisting Solzhenitsyn fourteen hours a day; “people might say it’s a convict’s life, but we are happy.” What’s more, the glamour that befell their husbands never touched them. Dostoevsky was a celebrity, but his wife Anna went about in rags (or rather, she stayed home)."
Timed well for Leo Tolstoy’s birthday, Yelena Akhtiorskaya reviews a new book about the wives of the Russians.
We have copies of Agriculture Reader #5 on the lit mag cart with fiction from Yelena! A steal—the magazine is hand-made—at $10.