Andrei Navrozov

Andrei Navrozov, born in Moscow, lives in Palermo and is European editor for Chronicles.  The former publisher of the Yale Lit, he is a widely published author and translator.  His Italian Carousel: Scenes of Internal Exile was published by Peter Owen Publishers.

Latest by Andrei Navrozov in Chronicles

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  • January 28, 2015

    Je Suis Charlie Baudelaire

    We men of good will had a little scare last week when it was announced that the Sun – a venerable British newspaper whose prose style makes America’s National Enquirer sound like an excerpt from a late Henry James novel read by a young Laurence Olivier – would bow to political pressure and axe Page 3.

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  • January 21, 2015

    Parable of the Day

    Begun in 1879 under the auspices of the University of Oxford and published in 1928 by Oxford University Press, A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles, now better known as the Oxford English Dictionary, is one of the greatest events in the history of Western civilization.

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  • January 14, 2015

    Partisan Games

    Irony has been in the news these past few days, when a couple of guys not only refused to share a Frenchman’s joke at the expense of the Prophet Mohammed, peace and blessings be upon him, but actually gunned down the joker– along with a dozen of his cronies, for good measure.

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  • February 2015

    Unquantifiable Differences

    The biggest mystery and conundrum of our time is not whether Stalin died a natural death, or why the CIA had Kennedy killed, but the difference between the types of individual that rise socially in the West and, respectively, in Russia or China.

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  • January 7, 2015

    Stock Taking

    All I can wish civilization in 2015 is that it continue on the slippery slope to enslavement at roughly the same speed as last year and the year before, without accelerating the pace or tumbling down precipitously.

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  • December 31, 2014

    Manlio on the Lightness of Touch

    A professor of engineering I knew, a specialist in reinforced concrete, was a man who showed me a great deal of kindness at what was obviously a difficult stage of my life.

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  • December 24, 2014

    Manlio on the Value of Introductions

    Apart from an eleventh-century Norman castle, my birthplace, latterly a town of some ten thousand inhabitants, is famous for having once had as many as a hundred churches in its precincts and for the way our people have with mutton.

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  • December 17, 2014

    Manlio on Conflict Resolution

    “The problem with having a car is that one gets into accidents. However trifling, these may have unexpected consequences.

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  • Adrift in Eminent Domain
    January 2015

    Adrift in Eminent Domain

    I begin with a flourish of disclosure, which gives me great pleasure as a gesture of wistful recollection. Professor Baldwin was my roommate at university, occupying the bunk above mine.

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  • December 10, 2014

    British Bread and Circuses

    In the 1980’s my father wrote extensively of the distribution of mental resources in the West, comparing its patterns with those of the Soviet model. In my own turn I took up the subject in several newspaper articles, as well as a book, in the 1990’s.

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  • December 3, 2014

    …And a Little Hypocrisy

    Detecting hypocrisy, among other faults, in the conduct of another is a perilous enterprise, as Christ reminds us in the allegory of the mote and the beam. It’s a bit like reprimanding somebody for bad manners, which is worse manners.

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  • November 26, 2014

    A Little Misogyny…

    Mr. Blanc’s visit to Britain, like Oscar Wilde’s famous excursion in the opposite direction all those mauve years ago, was to have an educational purpose.

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  • November 19, 2014

    A Subtle Difference

    Four years ago, when, from the relative safety of my Sicilian bolthole, I was writing a weekly column for Snob, then still a leading organ of Moscow’s bien pendants, a strange thing happened.

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  • November 12, 2014

    Silk Stockings 2.0

    “Any incidence of offense or insult directed against the Soviet Union or its institutions, irrespective of where the incident may take place (in the street, in a shop, at the theater or cinema, or elsewhere), must be reported immediately to a senior supervisor at the Soviet embassy or consulate.

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  • A Question of Fairness
    December 2014

    A Question of Fairness

    It all comes down to questions of fairness. On January 27, 2007, a journalist by the name of Peter Finn published in the Washington Post an interview with Ivan Tolstoy, a literary scholar distantly related to the famous writer.

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  • November 5, 2014

    Another Manlio Story

    "When I was arrested, they brought me to the newer of the two prisons, which is by far the less comfortable."

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  • October 29, 2014

    Politics as Mutant TB

    My mind having regained, in the wake of last week’s contretemps in the airport queue, some of its former suppleness, I turned to the November issue of Chronicles, with its theme of “Politics as Reality TV.”

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  • October 22, 2014

    The Devil’s Nanny

    It was Chesterton, if I’m not mistaken, who said that nothing narrows the mind like travel.

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  • October 15, 2014

    manlio on discretion à la sicilienne

    One day I got myself lost in what was a very small town. It was an afternoon in late spring, and the sun was beginning to bake.

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  • November 2014

    Soul Searching

    Russians have bragged to themselves about their souls for ages, but for the past hundred years or so, other European nations, Britain foremost, have been pitching in as well.

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