The Horrors of War: Leonid Andreyev’s “The Red Laugh” (1904)

Combat at the Dalinsky Pass. 21st East Siberian Rifle Regimen

Leonid Andreyev's "The Red Laugh" appeared a decade before the outbreak of World War I, but its unsparing portrait of the psychological effects of warfare seems almost like a warning to the traumatic century that was just beginning. In "The Red Laugh", Andreyev writes of an ordinary individual soldier who descends into madness, exploring how war affects both those who fight and those who are left behind.

Old Worlds, New Worlds: Vyacheslav Nikonov’s “The Code of Civilization” (Review)

In recent decades, Western intellectuals have been discussing the possible decline and fall of the West on the global stage, but the voices of Russian intellectuals are rarely heard in such discussions. In "The Code of Civilization", Russian academic Vyacheslav Nikonov offers his take on the rapidly shifting power dynamics in the current world order.