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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  • October 8, 2014

    From Round Here

    Manlio Orobello, one of my oldest and truest friends in Sicily, has dictated his memoirs to me. The result is a book of some eighty stories, written in English and entitled From Round Here: Lays of a Sicilian Life.

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  • October 1, 2014

    Annus Felix

    The Independent Orders of Zhukov, Lenin, and October Revolution Red Banner Operational Purpose Division of Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia – yes, my friends, there is such a thing – has just been given back its old name.

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  • September 24, 2014

    An Island in the Aegean

    “Why go to the Greek islands? Why go to Greece? Why not sit for a few minutes under a sunlamp, nip over to the supermarket for a slab of plasticized feta, and get some sirtaki going on your iPod?” The question is not entirely rhetorical, I said to Andreas.

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  • September 17, 2014

    The Saxon Soul

    Russians have bragged to themselves about their souls for ages, but for the past hundred years or so – roughly since Nietzsche discovered Dostoevsky, Henry James discovered Turgenev, H. G. Wells discovered Tolstoy, and the assorted Bloomsbury folk discovered Chekhov – other European nations, Britain foremost, have been pitching in as well.

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  • A Strange Dearth
    October 2014

    A Strange Dearth

    In 1985, in the wake of the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War, a plaque went up in Westminster Abbey’s Poets’ Corner, commemorating several heroes.

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  • September 10, 2014

    An Armenian Joke

    As the Russian troops, this time round with their insignia on display for all the world’s quislings to see, invaded Ukraine and seized Novoazovsk, the hallowed German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung came out with the headline “A Hopeless Struggle for the Lost East.”

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  • September 3, 2014

    Popping Balloons

    In one of my posts earlier this month, Pasternak’s Zhivago came up, a scandal from the late 1950’s that resulted in the poet, by then long extinguished as the once-in-a-millennium genius he had been, receiving the Nobel Prize for a trivial and pusillanimous novel.

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  • August 27, 2014

    Nations at Sea

    I spent last weekend in Tuscany in what was once an abandoned seaside resort, now a glittering showcase for everything that is repugnant about global tourism.

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  • August 20, 2014

    Madame Claude’s Forebears

    “She was vicious,” commented the Paris Match journalist Dany Jucaud. “She reduced the entire world to rich men wanting sex and poor women wanting money.”

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  • August 13, 2014

    Why I write

    Why do I write? The first answer that comes to mind is: “I don’t know.” On reflection, a second answer emerges with a gravelly croak, like a fat, patriarchal frog among pond lilies: “Because they pay me.”

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  • August 6, 2014

    The Cobbler’s Sons

    The paradox of capitalism is that, instead of selling their souls to the devil, its adepts give them away for free.

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  • September 2014

    A Thing in Itself

    My Sicilian friend Manlio has something in him of the late Curtis Cate, who was a mutual friend of mine and Tom Fleming’s and a frequent contributor to these pages. When Curtis died in 2006 aged 82, I did not think to write an obituary.

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  • July 30, 2014

    Marina of Arc

    Tomorrow, Sir Robert Owen, a judge of the High Court of England and Wales appointed last August as Her Majesty’s Assistant Deputy Coroner for Inner North London, opens the hearings in a public inquiry into the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, who died on November 23, 2006 at University College Hospital in London after drinking tea laced with a radioactive isotope of polonium.

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  • July 23, 2014

    An Immigrant’s Plea

    Perhaps because I am myself an émigré, I have never “written on immigration,” which is almost a fulltime vocation for many a political commentator whose intelligence and nous are otherwise indubitable.

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  • July 16, 2014

    Dateline Lilliput

    Russia’s parliament – called the “Duma” in homage to parliamentary democracy under the Romanovs, an echo as incongruous in its own way as the hearkening of America’s deliberative assembly to the Senate of ancient Rome – is, of course, a misnomer.

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  • July 9, 2014

    Thistles from Figs

    “Since there has never been a great civilization without poetry,” writes Tom Fleming in the current issue of Chronicles, “we can say that European civilization has ceased to exist.”

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  • August 2014

    Whens, Ifs, and Buts

    When did World War II start? An American is entitled to think it started with Pearl Harbor, as, clearly, the world without the United States is only a world in part.

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  • July 2, 2014

    Freedom’s Holocaust

    Last month the British government made the scholiastic doctrine of “theory of evolution” compulsory in all state schools, making it impossible for teachers to corrupt young minds with such freethinking alternatives as the Biblical account of Creation.

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  • June 25, 2014

    Exit Timianus

    There is an Arabic condiment called zatar, a mixture of dry spices which is delicious on toasted bread sprinkled with olive oil. I buy it in the Edgware Road, an oasis of the Middle East in the gastronomic desert that is London.

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  • June 18, 2014

    WWIV, naturally

    When did World War II start? An American is entitled to think it started with the attack on Pearl Harbor, as, clearly, the world without the United States is only a world in part. But ask an Englishman, and he will say the world war began some two years earlier, when Britain declared war on Germany.

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