Word and Image in Russian History:Essays in Honor of Gary Marker
Russian Image on the Western Screen:Trends, stereotypes, myths, illusions Alexander Fedorov
The Russian Image of Goethe, Volume 1:Goethe in Russian Literature of the First Half of the Nineteenth Century André von Gronicka
The Russian Image of Goethe, Volume 2:Goethe in Russian Literature of the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century André von Gronicka
White Movement Image in the Mirror of the Russian and Western Screen: Alexander Fedorov
Image of Peter the Great in Russian History and Thought: Nicholas V. Riasanovsky
A unique insight into the design of hand-made Soviet prison playing cards and their link to the Russian criminal underworld. This book reveals the importance of playing cards in Russian criminal culture. The hand-made decks are beautiful works of art in their own right. Prohibited by the prison authorities, they are constructed from innocuous materials procured from the everyday routine of prison life. During construction both the cards and their designs are adroitly manipulated so they can be ´read´. Once complete the ´virtuoso´ player prowls the prison, searching for a suitable victim. This complete process is described here for the first time. Extensive diagrams show how the cards are made, while decks of actual prison cards are reproduced in facsimile. The book also features a further 180 photographs from the Arkady Bronnikov collection. The texts and captions accompanying these images reveal the connection between the criminal hierarchy, tattoos and playing cards. The respect commanded by any criminal was directly related to his ability to play, and win, at cards. The game was viewed as a means to demonstrate cunning and bravado. Failure to pay a gambling debt could result in a forcibly applied pornographic tattoo, lowering their bearer´s status. The loser would also be made to pay the ´pricker´ (tattooist). Fingers, ears, even eyes, might be lost - cut off in the presence of other prisoners as witnesses.
Russian Literary Culture in the Camera Age:The Word as Image Stephen Hutchings
This book contains stories by the great Russian writer Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin (1826 - 1889). These satirical tales present a phantasmagoric image of Russian society of the 19th century. 1. Russian. Dmitry Savin. http://samples.audible.de/bk/agen/000089/bk_agen_000089_sample.mp3.
This is the final volume of drawings and photographs from Danzig Baldaev and Sergei Vasiliev, which completes the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia trilogy. Danzig Baldaev documented over three thousand tattoos during a lifetime working as a prison guard. His recording of this esoteric world was reported to the KGB who unexpectedly supported him, realising the importance of being able to establish facts about convicts by reading the images on their bodies. The motifs depicted represent the uncensored lives of the criminal classes, ranging from violence and pornography to politics and alcohol. The illustrated criminals of Russia tell the tale of their closed society. With an introduction by historian Alexander Sidorov, exploring the origin of Russian criminal tattoos and their meaning today.