Archive for the ‘Russian literature’ Category

posted by admin on Aug 26

East European fashion labels earn spot on world stage.

The winding flower embroidery of the Matyo folk is a living traditional art form in the tiny Hungarian village of Tard, where Rozi Vaczi spent time as a child.

When Ms. Vaczi had a T-shirt decorated with the embroidery two years ago for her boyfriend Ervin Nagy, a well-known Hungarian actor, it sparked intense interest in her company, Matyo Design. Urban hipsters now readily fork out $45 for a Matyo T-shirt.After opening a showroom in Budapest earlier this year, Ms. Vaczi now hopes to build a fashion design business on the ruins of Hungary’s communist-era textile factories.

“We’d like to create a company that sells internationally,” said Ms. Vaczi, earning a global “place in fashion design” in a first for a Hungarian firm.

Around emerging Europe, where garment assembly for Western brands has been a thriving business for years, there is a new confidence that local designs also have a chance on the world stage.

With wages still low compared to other regions, including Asia where costs have ballooned, retailers are moving business back to eastern Europe, meaning a big influx of orders and a new investment in infrastructure, fashion company executives said.

posted by admin on Aug 1

Literature of emotions.

Russian literature has long been famous for its ability to describe the emotions and inner worlds of its characters. Indeed, Woody Allen’s hilarious and poignant Love and Death parodies Leo Tolstoy’s novels and gently satirises Russians’ romantic, full-throttle emotionalism and sentimentality.

Yet in the 21st century, it seems only a few Russian authors can successfully explore strong feelings or portray love and death in an intimate and compelling fashion. But those who can are captivating readers.

Lyudmila Ulitskaya writes about what it means to be human, and what it means to be transported beyond the everyday. Her most successful novel in recent years, Daniel Stein, Interpreter, breaks every boundary.

Emotions are central to Mikhail Shishkin’s novel A Compilation of Letters, which won the Bolshaya Kniga award last year. And Alexander Ilichevsky artfully describes a hopeless love in The Persian.

While today’s writers do not create epic novels about love or family in the tradition of Tolstoy, the family theme is becoming popular again. Love will probably be back in fashion soon, too.