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“Москва – Петушки”

“Москва – Петушки” прочтена. Книга конечно написана прекрасно, но как будто постарелась. Впечатляет, но не восхищает так, как -я уверен- восхищала читателей сорок (или двадцать) лет тому назад.

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Dictionary of another sort

I have just got hold of „Dictionary of the Khazars” (no, it’s not really a dictionary, but a very strange novel ) in an electronic copy. This is one of the books I remember best (usually I don’t remember books … Continue reading

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کتاب ماه – فرهنگ توصیفی گونه‌های زبانی ایران

فرهنگ توصیفی گونه‌های زبانی ایران این کتاب, که به کوشش دکتر ایران کلباسی از بزگواران زبانشناسی ایرانی نوشته شده, یک جواهر بی‌نظیری است. به نظرشخصی من دسترسی به آن برای همه علاقمندان گویش‌شناسی ضروری است. کتاب شامل ترجمه یک گفتار کوتاهی به … Continue reading

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Books for Irish

As you know I’m trying to teach myself Irish these days. My main sources are two books: Learning Irish by Micheal O’Siadhail and a three-volume set of Buntús Cainte which is, I think, an interesting and effective combination. I don’t … Continue reading

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The books I read and a book I haven’t read yet

A long time ago I would bore my readership (all five people of them, no jokes) telling unwanted stories about whose book I like the most and why. It seems that a good part of ‘my’ authors are taken care … Continue reading

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Dictionary fun

A short, chatty, senseless post: Since a couple of days ago I now enjoy having a decent, up-to-date Persian-Persian dictionary. I’ve just bought فرهنگ سخن and frankly speaking I am quite amazed by my stupidity in assuming previously that nothing … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Islamic Revolution

One of the books I’m reading at the moment is Sadeq Zibakalam‘s مقدمهائی بر انقلاب اسلامی [moghaddame-i bar enqelāb-e eslāmi]. I can recommend it as a very good read (and good for my Persian, too) and a solid refutation of … Continue reading

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Black swans, study trips and predictions

I’ve recently finished yet another book from Schiphol – ‘The Black Swan’ by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. A very funny and witty book it is, it makes you think a lot about the world we live in, and, if you’re me … Continue reading

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Mandela vs. Botha

“The State of Africa” by Martin Meredith – a book I bought at the Schiphol airport – is a really enjoyable book. It tries to tell something about the post-independence history of the continent not by being as encyclopaedical and … Continue reading

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Was “Soviet” Soviet enough?

While reading Andrzej Pisowicz’s excellent grammar of Armenian, I came across an interesting bit of info: Apparently when Soviet Armenia came to existence, an issue of how to name it arose. As Russian word совет [sovet] means literally ‘advice; council’  … Continue reading

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