- May 18, 2022
- 6 min
A Ukrainian Beekeeper in the War Zone
A Review of Andrey Kurkov's Grey Bees The act of reading any novel is a personal experience. Joyce Carol Oates describes it as slipping...
- Apr 29, 2022
- 9 min
How Tolstoy Influenced Mahatma Gandhi
The One-Year Correspondence That Would Change the Course of History After the reports of the atrocities in Bucha and Mariupol, I had a...
- Mar 20, 2022
- 5 min
What Putin Gets Wrong About Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and the Russian Soul
To understand how Russian President Vladimir Putin could so dramatically miscalculate the reaction to his invasion of Ukraine, one must...
- Jan 20, 2022
- 6 min
Literary Quotes About Life, Love and War by Tolstoy and Dostoevsky
It is an understatement to say that much has been written about the differences between Tolstoy and Dostoevsky: Homer vs. Shakespeare,...
- Jan 13, 2022
- 1 min
Welcome to Nadine Bjursten's Website
Hello, I'm Nadine. This is less a blog and more an irregular compilation of disparate etchings, mostly about the mini worlds that I have...